Good Neighbor Design Practices

Good Neighbor Design Practices How do design professionals take into account adjacent external conditions and considerations in the design of their project? Good neighbor design practices require an understanding of the conditions (under, on and above) adjoining properties and structures, as well as identifying risks of damage and meeting the standard of care for structural design. Join us for a program focused on contractual and risk management recommendations for design professionals performing services in this context.

Learn about the duties and responsibilities of a design professional (architect, geotechnical engineer, structural engineer) in evaluating their project and considering the external conditions presented by neighboring conditions and structures. Panelists William Gillis, Esq., Nathaniel Smith, P.E., Benjamin Cornelius, P.E., and Robert Brown, AIA will explore this topic and address issues including:

  • How should design professionals inform themselves and obtain reliable information as to those external conditions?
  • What types of evaluative reports or studies should design professionals be retained to prepare?
  • What if the respective clients of the design professionals want to unreasonably restrict information development and evaluation as to those external conditions and considerations?
  • What if the external conditions and considerations are not defined, in the sense that the adjacent structure or project is not completed when the design professionals are designing their project?

This program will be held at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Wednesday, May 10. For more information and to register, please email Please RSVP by Friday, May 5.