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2007 AIA Contract Documents: What's New?




Podcast: 2007/6/26 - 23:21

Presenter: Suzanne Harness, AIA, Esq.

Moderator: Phil Simon



Suzanne Harness is both a licensed architect and a construction attorney with more than twenty-five years of experience in the design and construction industry. As Managing Director and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents, for the American Institute of Architects, Suzanne is responsible for the content of AIA Contract Documents. With her staff and the AIA Documents Committee, she works actively in the creation and revision of AIA Contract Documents.

Suzanne was first licensed as an architect and practiced architecture in Washington, DC firms for several years before joining a commercial real estate development company where she managed the design and construction of a three-building suburban office park. Later she joined the General Services Administration (GSA) where she managed many design and construction contracts, including the Modernization of the Department of Justice and the design of the District of Columbia federal courthouse annex.

While at the GSA Suzanne received her J.D. Degree from the George Washington University Law School’s evening program. She then joined Seyfarth Shaw’s Washington, DC-based construction practice group, representing architects, owners, and contractors in litigation and contractual matters until joining the AIA in September, 2002.

Suzanne is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. She received a B.S. cum laude and M.Arch in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and is a life member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Suzanne Harness, AIA, Esq., Managing Director and Counsel, discusses revisions to the AIA's major construction contract documents with Phil Simon, Managing Director, Marketing & Promotion. It has been ten years since AIA last published significant revisions to its major documents and new changes will be released in the fall 2007. Get ahead of the curve and preview how these revisions may affect you.



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