Instructions: C441™ – 2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant for a Design-Build Project



AIA Document C441–2014 establishes the contractual relationship between the architect and a consultant providing services to the architect on a design-build project. AIA Document C441–2014 is suitable for use with all types of consultants, including consulting architects and may be used with a variety of compensation methods. C441 assumes and incorporates by reference a preexisting prime agreement between the design-builder and architect. C441–2014 was written to ensure consistency with AIA Document B143™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Design-Builder and Architect, and with other documents in the Design-Build family of documents. For all document details and a record of changes, see the summary  »


Using C441–2014.

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Date. The date represents the date the Agreement becomes effective. It may be the date an original oral agreement was reached, the date the Agreement was originally submitted to the other party, the date authorizing action was taken or the date of actual execution.

Professional services should not be performed prior to the effective date of the Agreement.

Parties. Parties to this Agreement should be identified using the full address and legal name under which the Agreement is to be executed, including a designation of the legal status of both parties (sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, unincorporated association, limited partnership or corporation [general, limited liability, closed or professional], etc.). Where appropriate, a copy of the resolution authorizing the individual to act on behalf of the firm or entity should be attached. The Consultant’s Discipline should be described and identifying information about the Consultant’s Designated Representative should be provided.

Design-Builder. The name and address of the Architect’s client identified as the Design-Builder should be the same as used on the Prime Agreement.

Prime Agreement. The date of the Agreement between the Design-Builder and Architect should be entered.

Project: The proposed Project should be described in sufficient detail to identify (1) the official name or title of the facility; (2) the location of the site; (3) the proposed building usage; and (4) the size, capacity or scope of the Project.

Article 1 – General Provisions

§ 1.2 Insert a detailed description of This Portion of the Project, which is the part or piece of the Project for which the Consultant will provide its services under this Agreement. This Portion of the Project is typically described as all services in a particular discipline for the entire Project, but it may be further limited to services rendered for a particular phase or geographic area of the Project. The actual services that the Consultant will provide for This Portion of the Project are set forth in Section 3.1.

Article 3 – Scope of Consultant’s Services

§ 3.1 Note that, pursuant to Section 3.1, the Consultant is expected to provide the same services for the This Portion of Project that the Architect provides to the Design-Builder for the Architect’s Portion of the Project, except as the parties agree to limit the Consultant’s services under Section 3.1. Particular care should be taken if the Consultant is a consulting architect in order to ensure clear lines of responsibility between the two architects and avoid duplication of effort.

Article 4 – Additional Services

§ 4.2 Insert the agreed-upon number in the space provided.

Article 8 – Claims and Disputes

§ 8.2 Select from three choices of binding dispute resolution: (1) arbitration, (2) litigation or (3) another method that the parties must identify. Other types of dispute resolution include a dispute resolution board or a mini-trial. For additional information about other methods of dispute resolution, refer to The Construction Industry’s Guide to Dispute Avoidance and Resolution or visit for more information.

Article 11 – Compensation

A detailed discussion of compensation methods may be found in the Instructions to AIA Document B101™–2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect.

§ 11.1 See methods of compensation referenced above.

§ 11.2 See methods of compensation referenced above.

§ 11.3 See methods of compensation referenced above, if other than a percentage of the invoiced amount.

Article 12 – Special Terms and Conditions

Insert any modification to the standard text of the document, if the modifications are not otherwise inserted elsewhere in the document. For more information about modifying the document, refer to the Modifications section of these Instructions.


Executing the agreement.

The persons executing AIA Document C441–2014 should indicate the capacity in which they are acting (i.e., president, secretary, partner, etc.) and the authority under which they are executing the Agreement. Where appropriate, a copy of the resolution authorizing the individual to act on behalf of the firm or entity should be attached.



Modifications. Particularly with respect to professional or contractor licensing laws, building codes, taxes, monetary and interest charges, arbitration, indemnification, format and font size, AIA Contract Documents may require modification to comply with state or local laws. Users are encouraged to consult an attorney before completing or modifying a document.

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