Contract DocumentsAbout Contract Documents
Nearly 200 forms and contracts comprise AIA Contract Documents. These forms and contracts define the relationships and terms involved in design and construction projects.
Prepared by the AIA with the consensus of owners, contractors, attorneys, architects, engineers, and others, the documents have been finely tuned during their 120-year history. As a result, these comprehensive contracts and forms are now widely recognized as the industry standard.
Revisions to the Documents
Changes and developments in the building industry sometimes necessitate drafting new contract documents and revising existing ones. When doing so, the AIA abides by certain Drafting Principles and follows a Revision Policy to ensure that AIA Contract Documents maintain consistently high standards while still adapting to current trends and practices.
How the Documents are Organized
The AIA organizes contract documents by two methods:
- By families based on types of projects or particular project delivery methods
- By series based on the use of the document