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Architect's design liability

Ahmad, Aizat Fahmi (2010) Architect's design liability. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Built Environment.


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To build a building can be very complex and complicated task. Right from the inception until after the practical completion many things could go wrong. Architect could be held liable for any failure in design regarding to his duty and services provided to the client. The objective of this research is to determine into circumstances in which architects might be liable towards the design during design stage and to look into consequences of architect??s design liability regarding to his services and duties. The research has determined twelve circumstances of architect??s duty and services which contributed to architect??s design liability. His duty and services in design must include everything that covers in contractual agreement. An architect must perform his basic duty and services under Architects (Scale of Minimum Fees) Rules 1986. In performing his duty to the client, architect is subject to Rule 28 Code of Professional Conduct and Rule 29 Conditions of Engagement under Architects Rules 1996 Part IV Code of Professional Conduct and Conditions of Engagement. The research found that architect??s failure to perform his duties and services expected by the client will extent the architect??s liability to any negligence in design. As a result, architects will be liable for breach of duty to his client. The research found that most of the court will judge the architect??s on whether or not he perform his duty of care to his client and the standard of skill and care expected to be performed by the architect. Failure by the architect to meet the standard of skill and care expected which then caused error on building design will render the architect to be liable for pure economic loss, and nuisance in tort. Thus, this research is perhaps would contribute towards enhancement of the architect??s knowledge regarding their design liability under construction law.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Sarjana Sains (Pengurusan Kontrak Pembinaan)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2010; Supervisor : Norazam Othman
Uncontrolled Keywords:architects, architecture, designs and plans
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:33316
Deposited By: Kamariah Mohamed Jong
Deposited On:25 Oct 2013 09:34
Last Modified:20 Sep 2017 15:54

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