This article also features in the current edition of Architects Journal.
A key tenet within the Architect's Code of Conduct is that conflicts of interest must be avoided. However, whether engaged under a traditional procurement route or in a more novel manner, care needs to be taken to be able to demonstrate that this is being observed.
Many architects will have faced accusations of partisanship in favour of the contractor in their contract administration. Clients expect their Architect to operate solely in accordance with their wishes and not, say,to certify additional expenditure that the Client disagrees with. Having engaged the Architect’s services, Clients understandably expect the Architect to act in their best interests, often failing to recognise that part of so doing involves impartial and even-handed administration of the Building Contract. Failure to do so could lead to the undermining of the Client's credibility generally, with serious and expensive consequences, particularly in a streamlined adjudication process.