This course offers an introduction the world of contract for architectural and engineering (A/E) services. Since design is such a key part of a successful construction project, the importance of the A/E’s role will be stressed throughout the class. Selection methods will be discussed, such as evaluating qualifications rather than cost. Negotiation of the design contract will be addressed, as it will determine the breadth of services provided by the A/E throughout the entire contract life cycle. For complex projects there will likely be several design firms working together, so appropriate methods for collaboration will also be covered.