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Robert Herrmann’s Law for Architects: What You Need to Know identifies the legal issues that lurk in every corner of a design practice and helps design professionals figure out what questions they need to ask. Our book guides design professionals through the daunting landscape where design and construction meet the legal system. From students just starting out in the profession, architects starting or building their own practice, to seasoned architects considering retirement, Law for Architects addresses questions that concern architects at every stage of their careers.

Robert Herrmann’s chapter in The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice provides an overview of established and emerging trends in architecture practice. Contributions of the latest research from international experts examine external forces applied to the practice and discipline of architecture. Each chapter contains up-to-date and relevant information about select aspects of architecture, and the changes this information will have on the future of the profession.


Hire Learning, Occasional Thoughts on Employment Issues

Law Matters for Design Professionals, New Developments in Construction Law

  • June 2017 – Forming an Architecture Firm in New York
  • June 2016 – Architects and Lobbying - Update
  • October 2015 – The Copyright Shield Gets Progressively Thinner
  • September 2014 – The Basics Never Go Out of Style, So Anyone Can Use Them: Understanding Architectural Copyright
  • February 2013 – New York Details Procedure for Professional Corporations to Convert to a Design Professional Service Corporation


CLE Programs

  • March 30, 2017 – Cheryl Davis presented a CLE program entitled “Sports & Entertainment Law.”
  • December 20, 2016 – Wojciech Jackowski and Alexander Mirkin presented an in-house CLE program entitled “The Cloud and the Law Firm: Practical and Ethical Considerations.”
  • October 26, 2016 – Timothy P. Fisher and Stephanie D. Fouts presented an in-house CLE program entitled “The 411 on 409A.”
  • May 25, 2016 – Richard Menaker presented an in-house CLE program entitled “Hearsay Refresher Course II.”
  • February 2, 2016 – Paul M. Hellegers presented an in-house CLE program entitled “Third Party Practice (Impleader).”
  • January 14, 2016 – Richard Menaker presented an in-house CLE program entitled “A Hearsay Refresher Course.”
  • June 25, 2015 – Richard Menaker presented an in-house CLE program entitled “A Confrontational Approach to Hearsay.”
  • June 4, 2015 – Cheryl Davis and Stephanie Fouts presented an in-house CLE program entitled “The Architect as Employer.”


  • November 7, 2017 – Robert F. Herrmann and Wojciech Jackowski presented Pursuing Financial Stability While Managing Risks: A Roadmap for Design Professionals for the AIA.
  • October 4, 2017 – Cheryl L. Davis was a moderator on 'Ripped From the Headlines' – Depicting Lawyers and Judges on TV: Truth or Fake Law? a panel presented by the New York State Bar Association.
  • September 29, 2017 – Robert F. Herrmann presented Negotiating the Owner-Architect Agreements—A Roadmap at Pratt Institute.
  • September 27, 2017 – Robert F. Herrmann made a presentation for ODA New York entitled General Conditions of the Contract for Construction.
  • September 24, 2017 – Cheryl L. Davis gave a presentation to a New York Film Academy workshop for Artists of Color.
  • July 25, 2017 – Cheryl L. Davis was a panelist for the NAAAHR-GNY Legal Committee's 2017 Summer Legal Update. She discussed significant developments in labor and employment laws affecting the field of human resources.
  • July 18, 2017 – Wojciech Jackowski was a speaker at the New York City Bar's Construction Contracts 101: Demystifying Design & Construction Contracts for the Successful Project. Wojciech and the rest of the panelists walked participants through an in-depth analysis of the major contracting documents that compromise every construction project, including Owner/Architect agreements, Owner/Contractor agreements and Contractor/Subcontractor agreements.
  • May 19, 2017 – Robert Herrmann gave a presentation to ODA New York Architects regarding such topics as intellectual property, limitation of liability, termination, budget, ethics, and invoicing.
  • May 9, 2017 – Wojciech Jackowski and Cheryl Davis presented a second Roadmap to Construction Contracting seminar during which they discussed how to address the legal aspects of construction projects at the outset, including an in-depth analysis of key provisions in architect and engineering consultant agreements.
  • April 25, 2017 – Wojciech Jackowski and Cheryl Davis presented A Roadmap to Construction Contracting and Related Legal & Ethical Considerations for Design Professionals at the Institute for Design Professionals. This seminar provided participants with the tools needed to confidently and comprehensively handle the nuances of contracting on construction projects as well as those surrounding every day professional practice.
  • March 23, 2017 – Wojciech Jackowski presented on Comparing Standardized Construction Documents: Which Form to Use and When to Use Them during Halfmoon Education Inc.'s Construction Contract Workshop program in White Plains, New York. This segment analyzed select forms of contracts drafted by consortia of industry segments for use on construction projects and afforded participants some hands-on insights into drafting key clauses for design and real estate development practitioners.
  • January 18, 2017 – Cheryl L. Davis was a speaker at NYFA's Arts Business Incubators program where she advised representatives from six startup arts businesses on the finer legal points of IP, trademark, and brand development.
  • October 17, 2016 – Wojciech Jackowski was a speaker on the CLE program Litigating Construction Project Disputes 201. This program explored methods of calculating damages, enforcing and securing payment for work on construction projects, and the different types of applicable insurance coverage when dealing with an owner/developer that is a public entity.
  • October 6-8, 2016 – Cheryl L. Davis was a speaker during the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting.
  • June 15, 2016 – Wojciech Jackowski was a panelist on Claims, Notices and Dispute Resolution: Demystifying Construction Litigation. This panel provided the perspectives of owners, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and construction lenders, and furnished the tools needed to confidently handle the nuances of these fact-specific cases.
  • June 8, 2016 – Cheryl L. Davis participated in The Theatre Project, a panel for the New York State Bar Association’s program Introduction to Entertainment Law. The panel presented a case study of a musical from concept to initial full production based on the Anousha facts.
  • May 24, 2016 – Cheryl L. Davis received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources for her presentation “EEOC & Guidance on Retaliation” at the 2016 Spring HR Legal Update.
  • April 21, 2016 – Cheryl L. Davis presented a seminar/webinar entitled “Hiring & Firing Do’s and Don’t’s” that provided interviewers with guidance on the kinds of questions that can and cannot be asked during the hiring process, and what kinds of pre-hiring checks may be done on prospective employees.
  • April 20, 2016 – Construction Contracts 201: Contracting for the Complex Construction Project: Wojciech Jackowski helped to present a program at the New York City Bar Association that provided participants with an in-depth roadmap to the key clauses that every design and construction practitioner should understand and know when drafting and documenting a complex construction project.
  • April 7, 2016 – Cheryl L. Davis was a panelist on An Industry in Transition: Intellectual Property and Technology in the Construction Industry for The Women in the Legal Profession IP subcommittee. The panel discussed developing intellectual property and technology issues in the construction industry, focusing on technologies like BIM, 3D printing and drones, and the legal issues they raise in contract drafting, compliance, and dispute resolution.
  • April 2, 2016 – Cheryl L. Davis participated in the nycoba|NOMA Young Designers Conference at Pratt Institute. She was a panelist on “Investigation | Anecdotes | Trajectories,” a discussion on building a brand, networking, and legally protecting intellectual property that is shared on social media.
  • March 21, 2016 – Litigating Construction Project Disputes 101: Wojciech Jackowski was a panelist on this CLE program which covered the types of disputes that commonly arise during complex construction projects, mechanisms to avoid procedural snafus and options in employing alternative dispute resolution techniques.

For more information on any of our programs, contact Diana Casciello.

Law For Architects - What You Need To Know
"From copyright concerns to insurance to construction disputes, Robert Herrmann's Law for Architects responds with clarity and precision to the questions asked by architects in the course of their work."

-Bernard Tschumi, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

The Rutledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice

The chapter entitled "Legal Dimension of Practice and Regulatory Agencies' Role in Control of Design and Practice of Architecture" was written by Robert F. Herrmann, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.