Whether we are talking about copyright, safe design, professional negligence or various other matters, architects around Australia face risks in a number of areas, and it is important for them to understand what these are and to have appropriate strategies through which to manage them in place.

According to Rob Buchanan, a partner at law firm Norton Rose & Fulbright and chartered civil engineer, these can be considered as either legal risks or risks to the architect’s reputation. With regard to the latter category, he says an important issue revolves around copyright, whereby those who produce various…