What Architects Need to Know: AIA Master Agreements and Task Orders

July 10, 2020
2:00 pm -3:00 pm EDT


AIA Contract Documents

Does your design firm perform repeat or similar work for the same client or from a consultant? Would you like to manage risk and streamline the contract process for these projects? Geared towards architects, this webinar will provide an overview of the AIA Master Agreements and Task Orders and explain how they can be used to provide a wide array of select services over the course of several projects.

Attendees will:

  • Understand how the Master Agreement/Task Order contractual model can be used to establish repeat business with your clients.
  • Explore how the Master Agreement/Task Order contractual model can be used to streamline the contracting process with the consultants you use most often.
  • Examine the B121™️–2018, Standard Form of Master Agreement Between Owner and Architect; the C421™️–2018, Standard Form of Master Agreement Between Architect and Consultant; and relevant service orders to learn how to use these documents properly and effectively.  
  • Know where to access resources, tools and guides to help you understand contract and risk management issues.


James Germano, Esq., Manager and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents

James (“Jimmy”) Germano, Esq. is a Manager and Counsel on the AIA Contract Documents team at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. Jimmy works with the Documents Committee to review and revise the substance of the AIA Contract Documents and associated material. Jimmy received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he was a Division I athlete, and his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Prior to joining the AIA, he served as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland and then practiced law for six years as a general litigation and construction attorney in the Washington, D.C. area. During his time in private practice, Jimmy represented design professionals, owners, general contractors, and subcontractors throughout all phases of the construction project, to include contract negotiations, claims, and multiple dispute resolution forums, including State and Federal Courts, administrative agencies, mediation, and arbitration. Jimmy is a member of the bars of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Donovan Olliff, AIA, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, HOK

Donovan is a construction lawyer and registered architect with over twenty years of combined industry experience working as an architect, private practice attorney and corporate counsel. He leads negotiations on complex domestic and international design contracts and resolution of large scale construction and design-related disputes, and he provides HOK architects with guidance on managing all manner of contract and project delivery risk.


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