Architects Beware: It is Now Settled That the Principal Architect Owes a Duty of Care to Third Party Purchasers for Negligent Design (CA)

/ Owner - July 15, 2014

In Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the California Supreme Court held that architects and engineers can be held liable to condominium owners for negligently prepared plans, specifications or design modifications. In doing so, the Court enlarged the scope of duty owed by design professionals to third party purchasers, holding that the principal architect on a project owes of duty of care to future homeowners – even when the design professional does not exercise the ultimate control over construction decisions.    Read more……..

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