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Upcoming Webinar: COVID-19 and Contract Performance

Join us for an upcoming webinar to discuss how COVID-19 may be affecting current projects for landscape architects working under existing contracts. Professional services contracts might take many forms. The speakers will specifically address the 2020 ASLA Standard Form Contract for Professional Services between Landscape Architect and Client, addressing key issues that have emerged during the crisis and that parties need to consider in light of COVID-19.

Before the webinar, download and review the recently published advisory guide COVID-19 Contract Provisions: Protective and Proactive. This guide illustrates how some contract provisions provide full or partial relief from impracticable/impossible-to-meet obligations/liability, while others are more proactive and could help the landscape architect make a valid claim for additional compensation for additional services. This information may be important to any business facing issues related to contract performance.

Additionally, we ask that you pose questions to the speakers in advance of the webinar, so that we can address attendees’ most pressing needs and questions. Please provide questions by Friday, May 22.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., The Heuer Law Group
Frank Musica, Esq., Victor Insurance Managers Inc.

Vaughn Rinner, FASLA


Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., is principal in The Heuer Law Group, which provides legal services to firms and individuals in the design and construction industry. Mr. Heuer served for 9 years on the NCARB Architects’ Registration Exam (ARE) Committee for Construction Documents and Services. With the ASLA Professional Practice Committee and ASLA staff, Chuck developed the ASLA standard contracts.

Frank Musica, Esq., is a risk management consultant with the insurer Victor Insurance Managers Inc. Since 1991 Frank has been insurance counsel to the documents program of The American Institute of Architects. He will discuss how the terms and conditions of the ASLA contract address the professional liability risk profile for the landscape architect.

Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, PLA, SITES AP is a landscape architect based in Seattle, Washington and a Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Vaughn has over forty years of private practice experience in both small landscape architectural firms and as a partner in interdisciplinary firms, and currently provides landscape architecture consulting services at VRLA, specializing in community engagement.

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