By AIA Contract Documents
August 16, 2023
As collaborative strategies have evolved, the design and construction industry has used descriptive terms, including delegated design and design assist.
Unfortunately, these terms often mean different things to different parties and, when used in contracts or related documents, can result in differing expectations among the project participants.
This white paper highlights the distinctions between informal involvement, design assist, and delegated design—the design collaboration strategies often used on construction projects. It strengthens your understanding of the general terms, the roles, and responsibilities of the project participants under each design collaboration concept and offers definitions and guidelines that you can easily adapt and apply to your design and construction projects.