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Why do Architect and Designers need it?

All good designs start with a solid blueprint and protecting your architectural skills should be part of your business master plan. Don’t let the worry of a building blunder keep you awake at night. Why not compare quotes for Architects and Designer insurance today from the friendly team at BizCover? Taking out a policy is as easy as the click of a button, so you can get straight back to the drawing board of grand designs!

Did you Know?

That registered architects need to comply with strict criteria covering areas like insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.

Architects and Designers are also the first professions in New Zealand to require professional indemnity insurance to cover themselves in person for errors and negligence.

Insurance for Architects and Designers

Professional Indemnity

Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance provides essential financial protection for Architects and Designers to safeguard their businesses for claims made against them in carrying out their professional services or advice.  It provides cover for damages and claimant costs awarded against you, costs incurred such as legal and defence costs, claims investigation costs, inquiry attendance costs as well as public relations costs.

Professional Indemnity insurance may not be mandatory for Architects and Designers. However it may be a requirement to meet the conditions of many clients as well as tender processes.

BizCover’s professional indemnity insurance offer covers occupations such as:

  • Architect
  • Interior designer 

Public Liability

Do you need it? If you have regular contact with clients, contractors and the general public, then the short answer is yes. Public Liability insurance is an important form of cover to protect you from financial losses arising from a claim of 3rd party property damage  or accidental injury (not covered by the ACC) as a result of you going about your business, even if you rent your premise

Business Insurance

Your clients are your bricks and mortar, but where would your business be without the assets needed to help make their plans a reality? Not having the right cover in place could cost your company more than a pretty penny, creating a whole host of unwanted challenges.

Having some form of cover in place to protect your contents (including IT equipment), and premises from the risk of damage caused by fire, storms, theft, vandalism or even earthquakes, gives you peace of mind so you can sleep at night.

You can even add Business Interruption insurance which is designed to help your business get back into the game by covering the increased costs of running your business and lost revenue whilst it is out of action due to an insurable event.

Cyber Liability

As an architect or designer, your plans, designs are prized intellectual property it is what makes you stand out from the crowd. Unpleasant as it may be, but what would you do if a competitor found a way to steal your original designs?

Storing personal information and client information online means you are instantly at risk of potential cyber attacks and data breaches.

Reinforce your cybersphere with Cyber Liability insurance., providing protection covering extortion costs, fines and penalties, investigation and data recovery costs, business interruption costs and PR/crisis management costs.

Could this happen to your business?

An architect designed a house for an elderly couple and miscalculated the size of a cavity for a hidden sliding door. The builder of the house raised the issue early on but to no avail. The architect initially blamed it on poor print quality of the site plans and told the builder to carry on.

Near completion, it was clear that the particular doorway in the house that required access by a mobility scooter was not wide enough whilst the sliding door was “hidden”. The owners asked the architect to pay for all remedial costs that included moving walls and re-modelling an adjacent room. Fortunately, the cost of the professional error was paid for by insurers without having to appoint a legal defence counsel.

Claim example

An architect designed a house for an elderly couple and miscalculated the size of a cavity for a hidden sliding door. The builder of the house raised the issue early on but to no avail. The architect initially blamed it on poor print quality of the site plans and told the builder to carry on. Near completion, it was clear that the particular doorway in the house that required access by a mobility scooter was not wide enough whilst the sliding door was “hidden”. The owners asked the architect to pay for all remedial costs that included moving walls and re-modelling an adjacent room. The cost of the professional error was paid for by insurers without appointing legal defence counsel.

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