At the inception of a project the architect must begin by accepting the commission and then prepare a client and architect agreement and the agreements for each subconsultant.

Agreements which define the services to be provided, the fees to be paid, the responsibilities of the parties and the scope of work are the cornerstone of a successful project. The Institute encourages the use of its client and architect agreements for all projects. Refer the 2019 Client Architect Agreement (CAA2019) and the 2019 Client Architect Agreement for Limited Services (CAALS2019).