The Alberta Architecture Association has issued a practice advisory on contracts prepared by public sector and large organization private sector clients. Although the advisory is Alberta-focused, the information is a good distillation of a number of issues experienced in British Columbia with other clients, and worthy of review.
In British Columbia, the AIBC is in frequent contact with various provincial ministries on procurement issues, including providing advice related to Requests for Proposals, Expressions of Interest, Architectural Competitions, and standard forms of client architect contracts. Evidence of this solid working relationship is AIBC’s seat on the Deputy Ministers Industry Infrastructure Forum (DMIIF) and Public Construction Council of BC (PCCBC) as well as a healthcare government-endorsed contract.
On the topic of contracts, for a more general perspective, please review “Terms of Engagement 101: Ensuring a Contract is in Place Prior to Providing Architectural Services”.