Get to Know AIA Contract Documents: Content Overview

Become familiar with AIA Contract Documents and identify the tools that can minimize risk and avoid litigation.


As an architect, owner, or contractor, using comprehensive contract documents is the most important thing you can do to protect your project, minimize risk and avoid costly litigation. However, developing contract documents can be cumbersome, confusing and time-consuming. Having the right tools and knowledge to develop iron-clad contracts can make the process more efficient and help you better protect your project.

During this course, you will become familiar with families of AIA Contract Documents in order to access documents and resources best suited to your project based on project type, size and complexity. This session also explores contract documents and guides regarding several modern trends in design and construction, including sustainability, building information modeling (BIM), and other aspects of digital practice.

Please note that this course contains information on the 2007 version of the Conventional family of AIA Contract Documents and sustainable projects documents. Since the recording of this program, the AIA has revised the Conventional family of documents and published a new Sustainable Projects exhibit. To learn more about the A201- 2017, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, and the E204-2017, Sustainable Projects Exhibit, please view this free webinar:

Learning objectives

  • Become familiar with the major families and series of AIA documents and forms, including Conventional, Design-Build, Integrated Project Delivery, Program Manager, Construction Manager and Small Project families.
  • Learn about the AIA Contract Documents addressing digital practice and understand how they facilitate the use and exchange of digital data on a project.
  • Explore the special issues of interest to owners, contractors, and architects in designing, constructing, and operating sustainable projects.
  • Identify free guides and resources available to assist you on contracting issues related to various project delivery models.
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  • Joshua Ballance

    Joshua W. Ballance


    Senior Manager & Counsel, AIA Contract Documents, American Institute of Architects

    Joshua W. Ballance, Esq., is a Senior Manager & Counsel on the AIA Contract Documents team at...