In the field of architecture, contracts are an essential part of the process. They outline the terms of the project, set expectations, and provide a framework for communication between the architect and their clients. However, not all contracts are created equal. Many architects may struggle with creating a contract that is clear, concise, and comprehensive. To help, we`ve put together a sample contract that can be used as a starting point for architects.


This contract (the „Agreement”) is made on [date] by and between [name of the architect] (the „Architect”) and [name of the client] (the „Client”).

Scope of work

The Architect agrees to provide architectural services as described in Exhibit A (the „Scope of Work”).

Fees and payment terms

The Architect shall be paid a fee as described in Exhibit B (the „Fee Schedule”). Payment shall be made as described in Exhibit B.

Changes to Scope of Work

If the Client requests changes to the Scope of Work, the Architect shall issue a written change order that describes the changes and any corresponding changes to the Fee Schedule. The Client shall approve the change order in writing before the Architect proceeds with the changes.


Either party may terminate this Agreement upon [number of days] days` written notice to the other party.

Ownership of documents and intellectual property

The Architect shall retain ownership of all plans, drawings, and specifications created for the project. The Client shall have a license to use the documents solely for the purposes of the project. The Architect retains ownership of all intellectual property created during the course of the project.


The Architect shall keep all information related to the project confidential and not disclose it to any third party without the Client`s written consent.

Limitation of liability

The Architect`s liability to the Client shall be limited to the total amount of fees paid by the Client to the Architect under this Agreement.

Governing law

This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of [state or country].


Contracts are an important part of any architectural project. They provide a framework for communication, manage expectations, and help prevent disputes. This sample contract should be used as a starting point to create a comprehensive agreement for your project. Always ensure that your final contract is tailored to your specific needs and that both parties fully understand their obligations before signing.