In December 2020, the AAA membership voted in favor of bylaw amendments that included the implementation of mandatory professional liability insurance (PLI) for all practice arrangements (architectural firms, interior design firms, or joint architecture and engineering firms).
BYLAWS PART 16 – PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
16.1 On or before January 1, 2022, all active practice arrangements (architectural firms, interior design firms, or joint architecture and engineering firms) whether corporations, partnerships or sole proprietorships, must hold professional liability insurance in the amount determined by Council at the time of annual renewal.
16.2 A practice arrangement must advise the Association in writing immediately if the insurance coverage is cancelled, terminated, or expires.
As the deadline for the implementation of this amendment approaches, practice arrangements (member firms) will be required to make a declaration at the time of their annual renewal expressing that they understand the requirements and that they commit to meeting these requirements as of December 15, 2021. Moving forward, annual declarations and random audits will become part of a regular compliance process.