Why Use AIA Documents

AIA Documents Benefiting You and the Industry

The documents produced by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) are the most widely used standard form contracts in the construction industry. They facilitate communications among all the parties involved in construction, which makes it easier to produce a high quality project in a timely and economical fashion.

AIA documents are fair. AIA contracts and forms are consensus documents that reflect advice from practicing architects, contractors, engineers as well as owners, surety bond producers, insurers, and attorneys. AIA documents balance the interests of all the parties, so no one interest, including that of the architect, is unfairly represented.

AIA documents reflect industry practices, not theory. Where practices are inconsistent or no guidelines for practice exist, the AIA documents provide a consensus-based model for practitioners to follow.

AIA documents reflect changing construction practices and technology. AIA documents are revised regularly to accommodate changes in professional and industry practices, insurance, and technology.

AIA documents reflect the law. AIA documents are revised and updated to incorporate changes resulting from court interpretations and rulings, legal precedent, and nuances.

AIA documents are flexible. AIA documents can be easily modified to accommodate individual project demands. Such changes are easily distinguished from the original, printed language.

AIA documents are easy to interpret. AIA documents use the common meaning of words and phrases. Industry and legal jargon is avoided whenever possible.

Need help deciding which AIA documents to use? For questions about the content of specific documents, which document to use, or how to complete a document, call (202) 626-7526 or contact docinfo@aia.org. Also visit the AIA Contract Documents Knowledge Base, which answers some 500 questions about purchasing documents, using AIA Contract Documents® software, and selecting and understanding AIA documents and forms. Visit DOCUCATION, the Contract Documents training and education portal, for podcasts, Webinars and on-demand courses.