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What is an AIA Document?

An AIA Document, or American Institute of Architects Document, is an essential tool used in the construction industry. These standardized documents are crafted by the AIA, containing detailed contractual content that guides the relationships and roles among various parties involved in building projects, such as architects, contractors, subcontractors, and owners. AIA Documents serve as the benchmark in the industry, promoting consistency and transparency, while reducing the complexities and potential disputes in construction contracts. These cover a broad spectrum, with various series for different purposes, including design-bid-build, design-build, architect-engineer, and integrated project deliveries. Commonly used ones are A101, A102, and B101. Each contains specific terms, conditions, and legal provisions, playing a crucial role in managing risks and maintaining smooth project operations.