SPARC: Risk Management for Architectural Solo Practitioners and Small Practices
It has traditionally been challenging for architectural firms to navigate the risk management and legal landscape in the United States, especially for solo practitioners and small practice that have limited resources. This talk is meant to provide the perspectives of the insurance and legal industries on the related issues. A representative from each of the two industries will provide their insights. Industry overview will be provided and followed by more detailed advice on best practice in obtaining insurance coverage, contracting, cost management, procedural issues in the case of legal actions, among other topics.
The program will conclude with an open Q&A session for attendees.
- To learn an overview on the best practices of risk management and legal industries related to architectural practice
- To understand which professional liability insurance, general liability insurance, and other insurance to obtain
- To understand best practice in contracting and daily/ongoing execution of contracts with clients and subcontractors
- To learn cost management in obtaining liability insurance and other legal protections for design and construction.
This live, in-person event is presented by AIA Seattle’s Small Practice & Residential Committee. In accordance with King County requirements, entry to this program requires presentation of proof of completion of the full COVID-19 vaccination track OR a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the program. Additionally, masks will be required for the duration of the program, and only water will be available on-site. No outside food or beverage allowed, aside from water. Full details on acceptable forms of verification and regulations can be found here. Your records must match the name provided at registration in order to be granted entry.
This program takes place in an accessible venue with zero-step entry, and a shared, onsite accessible restroom. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to be contacted regarding specific accommodations to fully participate in this program.
Contact Connor Descheemaker, Member Engagement Manager, with any questions or concerns.
Lindsey has devoted her career to understanding the legal risks her clients face in the construction industry. Her clients include owners, owner’s representatives, contractors, international multidisciplinary design firms, and local engineering and architecture firms. She takes great pride in offering an integrated suite of services to her clients, providing advice on risk management, contract negotiation and conflict resolution, as well as defending her clients from claims.
Lindsey’s work has earned her several distinguished titles and roles in notable organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, and the Seattle Architecture Foundation, where she has spent many years as a volunteer and/or board member.
Lindsey’s practice spans Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Arizona, but she is most inspired by the ever-changing urban landscape in Seattle. She considers it an honor to counsel her clients as they change the way people live, work and travel in the Pacific Northwest. Lindsey counts her partnership with her clients as the most rewarding aspect of her work, and is continually inspired by the profound impact their work has on our daily lives.
Chris is a Professional Liability advisor with a studied and comprehensive approach to managing risk. He assists Architects and Engineers make educated, strategic decisions about their insurance program and effective risk management strategies. Through a year-round consultative approach Chris and his team issue spot current trends, claims and opportunities from routine to complex that affect regional, national and multi-national firms.
A firm’s risk management and insurance program, when properly created and regularly reviewed in-depth, can be an tool to aid in a secure future.
Chris brings a combined 16 years’ professional experience with a background including Professional Liability Insurance, Reinsurance, personal lines (Property, Casualty, Life, Health) insurance, retail management, construction, and project management. He is a regular contributor to the ACEC, AIA, ALA among others, including Professional Liability dialogues, seminars and panel discussions. Along with being a recovering general contractor he has enjoyed over 10 years of non-profit project management and non-profit board work. In his pursuit of insurance knowledge he has many designations including his CPCU, AIC-M, ARe to list a few.