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Zimmerman's Research Guide



The Great Buildings Collection posts pictures of great buildings, architects' biographies, and indexes by types of buildings / architecture styles / location / climate / timeline / etc. Use Google Images to find more pictures.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the main trade association for architects in the U.S. The AIA web site (www.aia.org), and its companion, "e-Architect," post information about the AIA and the profession. AIA publications are sold through the online AIA Store.

AIA Forms: The AIA Contract Documents are "standardized contract forms and administrative procedures that provide the building industry with a basis for nationwide uniformity for contractual relationships in the design and construction process." The links on the Documents Organization page link you to an explanation of the purposed of each document. To buy AIA documents, see the How to Purchase page; selected Contract Documents are available as downloads from the Documents on Demand page.

If you can't find a form on the current list, check the full list of Expired AIA Documents or the shorter list of documents retired since 2007.

Useful secondary sources for working with AIA documents include:

  1. The AIA Handbook of Professional Practice (AIA) includes sample copies of each AIA Contract Document, either in print (older editions) or on CD-ROM (recent editions). Important: The AIA does not permit copying, so you have to buy a form if you want one to fill in and use).

  2. The AIA Official Guide to the 2007 Contract Documents (AIA) compares the 1997 series of contract documents to the 2007 series.

  3. The AIA Legal Citator (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender) provides clause-by-clause annotations to AIA Contract Documents

  4. The Legal Guide to AIA Documents (Aspen Publishers) provides clause-by-clause analysis of the most popular contract documents and suggests alternative clauses, plus negotiating tips and comparison of the 1997 and 2007 series.

  5. The AIA Contract Documents Reference Material page on the AIA website links to about a number of different sources for guidance on using and understanding AIA documents.

For more information about architecture, the AIA or its publications, call the AIA Library in Washington, D.C. at 202-626-7492 or -7493. Information about the Library is posted in the "Reference" section of e-Architect.

See Also
Architects and Architecture Firms

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