Reference Documents

The documents published below are general use documents advising on topics such as procurement of professional services and on project delivery. These documents may be downloaded for use at no charge.

Document 10 - Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Licensed Interior Designer

Last Modified: 09/21/2018

The AAA now offers an optional new Standard Form of Agreement between Client and Licensed Interior Designer (LID), known as Document 10, in response to a request for a standard contract that can be used by LIDs in Alberta as an alternative to letter agreements or client written agreements that often by omission, do not consistently address important matters such as the roles, responsibilities and scope of work contemplated for a project.

Document Type: PDF (661 KB)


Document 10 - Guide

Last Modified: 09/21/2018

This guide is written to assist with the completion of Document 10 - Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Licensed Interior Designer.

Document Type: PDF (70 KB)


A Guide to Writing Professional Services Request for Proposals for a Building Project

Last Modified: 09/21/2018

The success of a project depends on the selection of an able, experienced and reputable professional prime consulting team. Many public organizations are required to make their selection process transparent and competitive to demonstrate that they have chosen responsibly. The often-used Request for Proposals (RFP) and the resulting proposals must be thorough and fair to allow comparison of the professional services available.

Document Type: PDF (1 MB)


Alternate Forms of Project Delivery

Last Modified: 09/21/2018

This document provides information and guidance regarding the primary categories of project delivery:
1. Traditional Method (Design - Bid - Build)
2. Construction Management
3. Design - Build
4. P3 (Public Private Partnership)

Document Type: PDF (72 KB)


A Guide to the Professional Services You Require: Ensuring the Success of Your Building Project

Last Modified: 09/21/2018

This guide is a starting point to help you understand how to:
• Arrange for professional services for your building project
•Select a prime consultant to coordinate work on the project
• Determine what professional services are needed
• Determine the consulting fee
• Understand the factors affecting consulting fees

Document Type: PDF (7 MB)

Guides for Determining Appropriate Fees


There are several reputable fee and scope references available throughout the industry, including those maintained by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Consulting Architects of Alberta (CAA) that provide balanced and comprehensive guidance on the wide array of factors and unique circumstances specific to each project that should be carefully evaluated when determining a fair and reasonable fee and developing the terms in which professional services are provided. 

While the AAA does not endorse any one particular guideline, format or method for its membership to utilize, the RAIC and CAA documents adequately demonstrate the diverse range of factors and potential project delivery methods that AAA members are obligated to consider when entering into an agreement to provide professional consulting services within the exclusive areas of practice as defined in the Architects Act

More importantly, in accordance with its fundamental legislated mandate to maintain the integrity and honour of the architectural and licensed interior design profession while protecting the public interest, the focus of the AAA is to monitor and ensure its membership adhere to a suitable standard of practice so they can ultimately fulfill their professional duty of care to the general public and their clients.