Some clauses in contracts between architects and owners can create liability risks for architects, but you do have ways to minimize the risks.
Architects are not typically sophisticated contract drafters. A lawyer can be an important resource for an architect during the contract- drafting stage to keep an architect’s liability within his or her insurance coverage, and even to limit an architect’s liability exposure.
Pat Lubenow explains the risks associated with various clauses in an architect- owner agreement, how to deal with minimizing those risks the best, the standard of care for architects, and the risks associated with green building design in his article "Keep Coverage in Play and Limit Your Architect's Exposure."
The full article can be found in DRI's June 2015 edition of For the Defense.