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Architect's continuing duty to review design

Meor Adam, Arfah Hanum (2009) Architect's continuing duty to review design. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Built Environment.


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Architects are design professionals that are retained for their design expertise and an architect that enters into an agreement with the client has specific duties that he has to perform; he has a duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in carrying out the design work in which failing to do so will render him liable for negligence. The subject of this research is the ‘Architect’s Continuing Duty to Review Design’, the existence of this duty was established in the case of Brickfield Properties Ltd v Newton, where it was held that an architect is under a continuing duty to review his design and to correct errors that may emerge. The objective of this research is to understand the nature of this Duty to Review Design owed by the architect and the extent of such duty. Among the questions that arise for consideration are: does this duty mean that the architect is under a continuing duty to review his design constantly and that he is to reconsider all aspects of his design; and what does this duty comprise, when does it arise also to what extent is the architect liable to for this duty? The statement by Sachs LJ in Brickfield Properties which states: “The architect is under a continuing duty to check that his design will work in practice and to correct any errors which may emerge.”; also highlight the main issue, whether the proposition of the statement here is that the duty to review design amount to responsibility for buildability of the design, in which this contradicts with the principle that ‘buildability is the province of the builder’? Based on the case analysis, it was found that this duty to review design does not amount to responsibility for buildability; it merely emphasise the need for architects to exercise reasonable skill and care in ensuring that the design did not lack buildability. This duty arises when there is a need that necessitates the architect to keep his design under review; it does not mean that the architect is to keep constantly reviewing his design.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Sarjana Sains (Pengurusan Kontrak Pembinaan)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2009 ; Supervisor : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosli Abdul Rashid
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:18166
Deposited By: Kamariah Mohamed Jong
Deposited On:06 Aug 2017 02:21
Last Modified:06 Aug 2017 02:24

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