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The International family of AIA Contract Documents 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. AIA documents in the International family can be used on small to large projects.

See the list of AIA Contract Documents by Family for information about document availability in AIA Contract Documents® software, in paper (see local distributors), and from AIA Documents on Demand®. Users should exercise independent judgment and may require the advice of legal counsel on deciding which documents are appropriate for a particular project.

B161–2002 (formerly B611INT–2002), Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Consultant for use where the Project is located outside the United States
AIA Document B161™–2002 is designed to assist U.S. architects involved in projects based in foreign countries, where the U.S. architect is hired on a consulting basis for design services and the owner will retain a local architect in the foreign country. The document is intended to clarify the assumptions, roles, responsibilities, and obligations of the parties; to provide a clear, narrative description of services; and to facilitate, strengthen, and maintain the working and contractual relationship between the parties. Because of foreign practices, the term “owner” has been replaced with “client” throughout the document. Also, since it is assumed that the U.S. architect is not licensed to practice architecture in the foreign country where the project is located, the term “consultant” is used throughout the document to refer to the U.S. architect. NOTE: B611INT–2002 expired in 2009.

B162–2002 (formerly B621INT–2002), Abbreviated Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Consultant for use where the Project is located outside the United States
AIA Document B162™–2002 is an abbreviated version of AIA Document B161™–2002, Standard Form of Agreement between Client and Consultant. The document is designed to assist U.S. architects involved in projects based in foreign countries where the U.S. architect is hired on a consulting basis for design services and a local architect will be retained. The document is intended to clarify the assumptions, roles, responsibilities, and obligations of the parties; to provide a clear, narrative description of services; and to facilitate, strengthen, and maintain the working and contractual relationship between the parties. Because of foreign practices, the term “owner” has been replaced with “client” throughout the document. Also, since it is assumed that the U.S. architect is not licensed to practice architecture in the foreign country where the project is located, the term “consultant” is used throughout the document to refer to the U.S. architect. NOTE: B621INT–2002 expired in 2009.

For questions about the content of specific documents, which document to use, or how to complete a document, call (202) 626-7526 or contact docinfo@aia.org. Also visit the AIA Contract Documents Knowledge Base, which answers some 500 questions about purchasing documents, using AIA Contract Documents® software, and selecting and understanding AIA documents and forms.

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