Coming Soon: Pro-Demnity Risk Management Education Survey

Pro-Demnity seeks your input and insights on how it can enhance its risk management education offerings. Prospering in architectural practice means seizing opportunities while managing risks. Pro-Demnity is the architects’ protective ally, supporting firms in the management of uncertainty as well as professional and insurance risk. Pro-Demnity is conducting a survey to better understand the […]
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Contract? What Contract?

Work on a small office building, starts before a permit has been issued. A gross error is discovered in the drawings, so the building is redesigned, but the desired design is not possible. The modified design is built, but it contains further flaws, so the owner sues the architect.
Case Studies Contracts Delays Documentation Relationship Issues

Too Many Cooks…

Three architects, a construction manager and one engineer, all reviewing one mason’s work, cause confusion on a job site. An expert is hired but his advice is ignored.
Case Studies Contracts Documentation Engineering / Subcontracting Issues Relationship Issues

Just Following Instructions

An architect fails to record client instructions, confusing residential ambiance with institutional requirements, and shoddy workmanship goes unobserved by the engineer.
Case Studies Contracts Documentation Relationship Issues

Loss Control Through Claims Experience

On a difficult site, an architect exceeds the limits of his expertise and fails in his duty to the owner as “inspector of work,” assuming liability for incorrect work.
Case Studies Contracts Documentation Relationship Issues

What Records Should I Keep

There is no simple rule. Which records prove to be most important will depend on the particulars of the claim and will differ in each instance. When litigation occurs, it is the lawyer’s task to find out what went wrong and who is responsible. But it is the Architect’s obligation to provide as much information […]
Thought Leadership

David Croft: Architect, Advocate, Adventurer, and Author of Claims Stories

The Straight Line Newsletter — Issue #13 Message from the President  Some people transcend easy categorization, defining themselves through their broad intelligence, unswerving drive, and confident individuality. David Croft is one of those people.  Over decades of service, David crafted a unique reputation as both a tireless defender of architects and a just source of knowledge […]
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Two Risks That You Can Avoid Now

The Straight Line Newsletter — Issue #12 Joanne’s dedication to the natural environment, as well as her down-to-earth business approach can be traced to her childhood, spent in Kincardine, Ontario, where her firm now has a second office. This love of nature continues to be shown in her leisure passions, like skiing, sailing and scuba […]
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A Tribute to former President and CEO Byron Treves

The Straight Line Newsletter — Issue #11 Message from the President At my first meeting with Byron, over breakfast in a small Toronto diner, it was obvious he is a man who knows his stuff. A nice man, a kind man – truly, a gentleman – but not one to be bluffed when it comes […]
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Navigating the “new normal”

The Straight Line Newsletter — Issue #10 This is the tenth issue of The Straight Line. Articles cover a broad range of topics that engage Ontario architects insured by Pro-Demnity, other OAA members – whether in practice or engaged in other businesses – and anyone with an interest in the profession. We encourage readers to […]
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