Instructions: B202™ – 2020, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Programming



AIA Document B202–2020 provides the architect’s scope of services for programming in a standard form that the owner and architect can modify to suit the needs of the project. B202–2020 is not a stand-alone document but must be incorporated into an owner-architect agreement. It may be used with AIA Document B102™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect without a Predefined Scope of Architect’s Services or with B102–2017 in conjunction with other standard form services documents. It may also be incorporated into any owner-architect agreement when it is executed or used with G802™–2017, Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement, to create a modification.

Article 2 of B202–2020 defines programming and sets forth the architect’s scope of services in a series of iterative steps beginning with an overview of how the architect will administer these services. Programming consists of the architect working with the owner and other programming participants to identify priorities, values, goals, and objectives and gathering information to develop performance and design criteria for the project. The architect will provide an initial program document to the owner, and thereafter, develop a final program of project requirements.

B202-2020 also contains provisions for supplemental services, which are not included as basic services, but are identified as the architect’s responsibility at the time the agreement is executed. Additional services now refer only to those services that may arise as the project proceeds. This document may be used with a variety of compensation methods, including percentage of construction cost and stipulated sum. 

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Completing B202–2020.

Cover Page.

Project. Describe the Project by including (1) the official name or title of the facility, and (2) the location or address, if known.

Owner and Architect. State the names and addresses of the parties exactly as they are identified in the Owner-Architect Agreement into which this scope of services document is incorporated, or to which it provides the scope of services for an amendment.

Date. Provide the date of the existing Owner-Architect Agreement. Providing that date will assist in identifying this scope of services document with the existing owner-architect agreement being modified.

Article 1 – Initial Information

§ 1.1 Initial Information is provided in Section 1.1. The parties should take care to be as explicit and detailed as possible with respect to the relevant Initial Information.

Article 3 – Supplemental and Additional Services

§ 3.1.1 For each Supplemental Service listed, the parties should indicate the party responsible for providing the service in the appropriate column. The AIA publishes standard form scopes of service documents for many Supplemental Services listed in Section 3.1.1, which can be used to describe the Architect’s responsibilities for the identified Supplemental Service. The Architect is not responsible for any listed Supplemental Service unless specifically so designated in the Responsibility column of the table.

§ This Section provides space for the parties to include a detailed description of the Architect’s Supplemental Services identified in Section 3.1.1. Alternatively, the parties can identify and reference an exhibit in this section that provides the detailed description of the Architect’s Supplemental Services. The AIA publishes a number of Standard Form of Architect’s Services documents that can be used as exhibits for this purpose.

§ This Section provides space for the parties to include a detailed description of the Owner’s Supplemental Services identified in Section 3.1.1. Alternatively, the parties can identify and reference an exhibit in this section that provides the detailed description of the Owner’s Supplemental Services.

§ 3.2.2 Insert an agreed-upon number in each of the spaces provided.

Article 5 – Compensation

Provide compensation amount and method. A detailed explanation of compensation methods can be found in the Instructions for all Owner-Architect Agreements.

Article 6 – Attachments and Exhibits

Provide a list of documents, such as a detailed description of Supplemental or Additional Services, attached to B202-2020.



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