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Karin Nyrop
ARCH 574
Seattle Campus

Design and Construction Law

Legal issues arising from design and construction services, focusing on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, the design professional/client relationship, contractor selection, the construction process, and professional practice problems. Emphasis on Washington state law. Offered: jointly with CM 500; A.

Class description

Legal issues arising from construction projects, focusing on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, the design professional/client relationship, contractor selection, the construction process, construction contracts and professional practice problems. Washington state law is featured.

Student learning goals

Basic understanding of the American Judicial System

General understanding a areas of legal liability such as tort law, contract law and agency

Overview of land use laws and regulatory requirements applicable to contruction projects

Capable of analyzing design and construction contracts to assess risks, responsibilities and obligatiosn

General method of instruction

Lecture, guest speakers, class participation and discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students should read assigned text and cases and be prepared to discuss case law applicable to the concepts discussed during the class lecture

Grades will be based on the following: Weekly Quizes 20% Class participation 30% Final Exam (take home)50%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Karin Nyrop
Date: 09/05/2011