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AIA Contract Document Families

AIA Contract Documents are divided into nine families based on project type or delivery method. Documents in each family provide a consistent structure and text base to support the major relationships on a design and construction project. Understanding AIA document families will help you select the most appropriate standard forms for your project.

Follow links in the table for a synopsis of documents in each family, and after the table for a list of document titles in each family. The table also includes two groups not branded as AIA document families: Digital Practice documents, and Contract Administration and Project Management forms. Users should exercise independent judgment and may require the advice of legal counsel on deciding which documents are appropriate for a particular project.





Conventional (A201) Family
A101, A101SP, A102, A103, A107, A201, A201SP, A401, A401SP, A503, A521, A701, B101, B101SP, B102, B103, B103SP, B104, B106, B107, B108, B109, B144ARCH-CM, B201, B202, B203, B204, B205, B206, B207, B209, B210, B211, B212, B214, B252, B253, B503, B509, C101, C401, C401SP, C727 and D503

When the owner's project is divided into separate contracts for design (with the architect) and construction (with one or more contractors), it may be appropriate to use the A201 family.

This is the most commonly used family of documents because it is suitable for the conventional delivery approach of design-bid-build.

Small to large projects

Construction Manager as Adviser (CMa) Family
A132, A132SP, A232, A232SP, A533, B132, B132SP, C132, C132SP, G701CMa, G704CMa, G714CMa, G732, G736 and G737

When the owner's project incorporates a fourth prime player—the construction manager—on the construction team (owner, architect and contractor) to act as an independent adviser on construction management matters through the course of both design and construction, use of the CMa family may be appropriate.

The Construction Manager as Adviser (CMa) approach enhances the level of expertise applied to managing a project from start to finish. In its purest form, this approach preserves the CMa's independent judgment, keeping that individual from being influenced by any monetary interest in the actual labor and materials incorporated in the construction work.

Small to large public and private sector projects

Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) Family
A133, A133SP, A134 and A134SP

When the owner's project employs a construction manager who will complete the construction and also provide construction management services, use of the CMc family may be appropriate.

Under the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) approach, the functions of contractor and construction manager are merged and assigned to one entity that may or may not give a guaranteed maximum price, but which typically assumes control over the construction work by direct contracts with the subcontractors.

Small to large private sector projects

Design-Build Family
A141, A142, A441, B142, B143, C441 and G704DB

The Design-Build family is used where the project delivery method is design-build.

In design-build project delivery, the owner enters into a contract with a design-builder who is obligated to design and construct the project. The design-builder then enters into contracts with architects and construction contractors, as needed.

Small to large projects

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Family
Transitional Forms

A195, A295 and B195
Multi-Party Agreement

SPE Agreements

C195, C196, C197, C198 and C199

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a collaborative project delivery approach that utilizes the talents and insights of all project participants through all phases of design and construction.

The AIA provides agreements for three levels of integrated project delivery. Transitional Forms are modeled after existing construction manager agreements and offer a comfortable first step into integrated project delivery. The Multi-Party Agreement is a single agreement that the parties can use to design and construct a project utilizing integrated project delivery. The Single Purpose Entity (SPE) creates a limited liability company for the purpose of planning, designing and constructing the project. The SPE allows for complete sharing of risk and reward in a fully integrated collaborative process.

Large private sector commercial projects

Interiors Family
A151, A251, A751, B152 and B153

Documents in the Interiors family are for use on small to large tenant projects for FF&E procurement services (i.e., furniture, furnishings and equipment) and for FF&E procurement combined with architectural interior design and construction services. These documents anticipate procurement of FF&E under a contract separate from design services.

The Interiors documents procure FF&E under a contract separate from design services, preserving the architect's independence from any monetary interest in the sale of those goods. AIA Document B152 may be used as the owner/architect agreement for the design of both FF&E and architectural interiors. AIA Document B153 is not suitable for construction work, such as major tenant improvements, and is used for design services related solely to FF&E.

Small to large tenant projects

International Family
B161 and B162

The International family is for U.S. architects working on projects located in foreign countries.

Because U.S. architects usually are not licensed in the foreign country where a project is located, these agreements identify the U.S. architect as a consultant, rather than an architect.

Small to large projects

Program Management Family
B171, B172 and C171

Use of the Program Management family of AIA Contract Documents may be appropriate when the owner involves one or more additional consultants (Program Manager and/or Design Manager) to assist with program wide design and construction issues.

The Program Management approach enhances the level of expertise applied to managing a program from start to finish.

Large projects

Small Projects Family
A105 and B105

Use of the Small Projects family may be appropriate when a project is straightforward in design; of short duration (less than one year from start of design to completion of construction); without delivery complications, such as competitive bidding; and when project team members already have working relationships.

This family is suitable for residential project, small commercial projects, or other projects of relatively low cost and brief duration.

Small projects

Digital Practice Documents
C106, E203, G201 and G202

These documents may be used for any projects involving digital data or Building Information Modeling.

AIA Document C106 provides a licensing agreement for transmission of digital data when not included in the prime agreement. AIA Document E203 is an exhibit to an agreement that establishes the parties’ expectations for the use of digital data and building information modeling on the project and sets the process for developing detailed protocols governing the use of digital data and building information modeling. Once agreed to, the relevant protocols and procedures are set forth in AIA Documents G201, Project Digital Data Protocol Form, and G202, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form.

Small to large projects

Contract Administration & Project Management Forms
A305, A310, A312, B305, D101, D200, G601, G602, G612, G701, G702, G703, G704, G705, G706, G706A, G707, G707A, G709, G710, G711, G712, G714, G715, G716, G801, G802, G803, G804, G806, G807, G808, G809 and G810

These forms are generally useful for all project delivery methods.

The variety of forms in this group includes qualification statements, bonds, requests for information, change orders, construction change directives, and payment applications and certificates.

Small to large projects

View a list of AIA Contract Document numbers, titles and editions (by family), and diagrams of contract document relationships. View a similar AIA Contract Documents Series chart and a list of AIA Contract Documents, by Series.

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