Avoiding or Reducing Architect-Contractor Conflicts in Small Projects

Avoiding or Reducing Architect‒Contractor Conflicts in Small Projects

Learn field-tested strategies that architects and contractors can use to reduce conflict and achieve greater client satisfaction.


Collaborative relationships between architects and contractors can be challenging due to differences in financial incentives, professional priorities and biases, and self-interests. In this course, an architect, a builder, and an attorney discuss field-tested strategies that can reduce these conflicts and improve project collaboration. You’ll explore what architects can do both before contractor selection and during construction to reduce architect‒builder conflict and review best practice legal strategies. You’ll also learn take-away strategies to reduce conflict and achieve increased profitability for the architect, improved project quality, and greater client satisfaction.

Learning objectives

  • Describe construction document, contract administration, and interpersonal strategies to mitigate architect‒contractor conflicts.
  • Describe contract and contract negotiation strategies that can reduce architect‒contractor conflicts.
  • Improve project delivery and project outcomes by understanding the builder's perspective on mitigation of conflict through contract negotiations.
  • Integrate sustainable building systems and strategies cost effectively through better communication and cohesion among owner, design, and construction team members.

Course sponsor

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1.50 LUs
  • RIBA


  • Bill Deuschle

    Bill Deuschle

    Managing Member | Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions, PLLC

    Bill Deuschle operates and owns Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions, an award-winning building firm in Santa Fe...
  • Mitchell S. Milby

    Mitchell S. Milby


    Founding Member | Milby, PLLC

    Mitchell S. Milby, Esq. is an AIA Professional Affiliate and the founding member of Milby, PLLC, a...
  • Linda Reeder

    Linda Reeder


    Sole Practitioner | Linda Reeder Architecture

    Linda Reeder, AIA, LEED AP, is the 2013 Chair of the AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Advisory...