Forensic Architecture and the Architect’s Standard of Care

Session Title: Forensic Architecture and the Architect’s Standard of Care
Educational Track: Practice
Session Code: TH0119
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

This presentation will explore the field of Forensic Architecture and define the Architect’s Standard of Care, including concepts such as design intent, coordination, quality control and means and methods. 

Of special interest will be actual examples from specific projects and case law, including a landmark condominium construction defect case where a Hudson County jury awarded more than $20 million dollars to the condominium association against a national developer and its design professionals. 

Included in the presentation are various techniques and protocols for architects to avoid lawsuits.


Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Avoid the typical pitfalls of working with developers,
  • Resolve conflicts during design and construction to avoid costly litigation,
  • Integrate the best practices to meet the Architect’s Standard of Care,
  • Identify potential ADA claims and how to avoid them.

Content Leaders:

Christopher Ling , AIA

Principal, Forensic Architect, ARCHforensic LLC, Chester, NJ

Matthew Meyers, Esq.

Esquire, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff, Morristown, NJ