The Case For Designers Shouldering More Legal Responsibility

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A consultant and attorney says increased designer liability is good for construction.

November 21, 2018
Richard Korman - Engineering News-Record

Ujjval Vyas is dignified, articulate and persistent. In past years he earned a law degree and a PhD where his thesis concerned Philip Johnson and architectural modernism. He is a founder of a hydrogen energy company. He is also leading a crusade, largely by himself, advocating that designers should be held to a "clients come first" approach applied to other professionals—an idea that would burden engineers and architects with the weight of vastly increased legal liability. The reactions to his ideas in the past have ranged from scornful to sympathetic.

Mr. Korman may be contacted at kormanr@enr.com



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