The OAA is pleased to advise members that it has been involved in a very constructive dialogue with the University of Guelph regarding its supplementary conditions to OAA 600-2013, Standard Form of Contract for Architect's Services.
This dialogue identified numerous clauses pertaining to liability issues and compliance with the Architects Act. Clauses related to business decisions were also identified and discussed. While more evenly balanced supplementary conditions have been developed by the University of Guelph in consultation with the OAA, this consultation does not include endorsement. Their acceptance remains at the discretion of each architect responding to the RFP.
The discussion with the University of Guelph follows recent successful dialogue the OAA had with several other clients on their supplementary conditions. The OAA is hopeful other major clients will, like the University of Guelph, work with the OAA to create RFPs and contract terms and conditions that are more balanced and do not put architects in contravention of the Architects Act or Regulation 27.