Law for Architects: What You Need to Know

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 21, 2012 - Architecture - 224 pages
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An essential reference for practitioners, emphasizing how legal concepts affect the process of bringing architectural vision to reality.

Law for Architects: What You Need to Know guides design professionals through the daunting landscape where design and construction meet the legal system. It provides an introduction—written in clear, reader-friendly language—to issues that arise at every stage in the practice of architecture. For architects starting or building their own practice: Why do I need a written agreement with my clients? Why do I need insurance? How do I organize my firm? For seasoned architects considering retirement: How do I transfer ownership in my company? How can I benefit from the good will I helped to build? For students who want to learn more about the practicalities of starting out: Why is it important to have a license? Isn’t it enough to have a degree in architecture? What are my rights as an employee? It also addresses the perennial questions that concern architects: How do I protect myself from being sued? How do I protect my intellectual property rights in my work? and much more.

Law for Architects identifies the legal issues that lurk in every corner of your design practice and helps you figure out what questions you need to ask.

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Why Do I Need an Agreement?
What Is My Intellectual Property and How Do I
How Does a Court Decide Whether a Copyright Has Been
What Are My Intellectual Property Rights When Working Abroad?
What Are the Penalties for Trademark Infringement?
Legal Exposure?
How Do I Become Qualified to Practice
How Do I Choose an Attorney to Help Me?
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Robert F. Herrmann is a partner in the New York City law firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP. A graduate of Yale College and Columbia University School of Law, he has for more than thirty years advised architects, engineers, interior designers, owners, and contractors. He is a professional affiliate of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, where he has organized and participated as a panel member in many seminars for design professionals. He serves as a mediator of construction claims for the American Arbitration Association and the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

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