Architect’s Pro Bono Services: Free Guidelines and Contract Document

By AIA Contract Documents

July 20, 2023

The American Institute of Architects encourages all of its members, their firms, and state and local components to engage in providing pro bono services as part their contributions to the highest aspirations of the architecture profession and the Institute in service to society. Through participation in whatever format they may choose, every member of the AIA can support and further the values of the Institute in terms of its advocacy for sustainable design and practices, diversity, and elevation of the stature of the profession of architecture in the eyes of the public.  Click to View AIA Guidelines

The architect’s pro bono services are professional services for which the architect receives no financial compensation other than compensation for reimbursable expenses. To support the architecture profession in providing pro bono services, AIA Contract Documents provides a free Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Pro Bono Services.  AIA Document B106™–2020 is a standard form of agreement between owner and architect for building design, construction contract administration, or other professional services provided on a pro bono basis.  A table format is provided which the parties may use to designate the scope of the architect’s pro bono services and the maximum number of hours to be provided by the architect for each designated pro bono service. If the architect is providing construction phase services, B106–2020 is intended to be used in conjunction with AIA Document A201®–2017, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, which it incorporates by reference.

AIA Contract Documents has provided this article for general informational purposes only. The information provided is not legal opinion or legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship of any kind. This article is also not intended to provide guidance as to how project parties should interpret their specific contracts or resolve contract disputes, as those decisions will need to be made in consultation with legal counsel, insurance counsel, and other professionals, and based upon a multitude of factors.