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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts, the most commonly used set of construction contract forms on commercial projects in the United States, recently released the second part of its once-in-a-decade updates to the 2017 versions of its primary forms. Part One in this series previously addressed the primary changes to the Owner-Contractor forms. This article, Part 2, focuses on the principal changes to the Owner-Architect forms, particularly B101-2017 (standard form of agreement) and similar forms.

The Architectural Forms Included in the AIA’s 2017 Updates

The AIA made two document releases: an April 2017 release, and an October 2017 release. The AIA’s updates to the Owner-Architect forms in the April 2017 release included the following: the B101, B102, B103, B104 and B105 Owner-Architect contract forms, as well as an update to the C401 Architect-Consultant contract form. The October 2017 release included updates to the B201 Standard Form of Architect’s Services for Design and Construction Administration, as well as a number of administrative forms and specialty services “scope” documents which can be added to the “base” Owner-Architect contract forms, for items such as site evaluation, historic preservation, commissioning, facility support services and the like.