Announcing the new Short-Form Client-Architect Agreement

11 April 2017

Join ACA – NSW/ACT and Christopher Larcos to launch the latest item in the ACA Toolbox – the new Short Form Architect Client Agreement.

  • Three pages + cover letter
  • Approved by Planned Cover
  • Prepared by Christopher Larcos of Moray Agnew Lawyers

The new agreement has been developed to provide a fair and balanced contract that is not too cumbersome to be used on small to medium projects. The contract will be launched on 24 May at a discussion event with lawyer/architect Christopher Larcos. Christopher will discuss:

  • The need for the new ACA short-form client-architect agreement
  • Key provisions of the agreement, and how they improve upon the corresponding provisions in the Institute client-architect agreement
  • The importance of the cover letter, and how it should be filled out and customised

Event details


Wednesday 24 May, 5.30pm for a 6pm start


Woollahra Library
Level 1, 451 New South Head Road
Double Bay
NSW 2028


$30 Members
$40 Non members


2 informal points


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Our speaker – Christopher Larcos

Christopher Larcos

Christopher Larcos has degrees in both architecture and law, and is registered as both a practising architect and a practising solicitor. He has been involved in architecture since the mid-1970s and has been a solicitor for about 15 years.

Christopher is a Fellow of the Institute of Architects, presents at the PALS course, is with the Institute’s Senior Counsellor service, is an adjudicator for security of payment matters in NSW, and was formerly a member of the Institute’s Practice Committee. He presently works as a Special Counsel in the Commercial group at Moray and Agnew.

His practice is in construction law and he has advised on everything from disputes involving backyard fences to multi-billion dollar PPP structures. He advised Thiess and Degrémont on their successful bid to design, construct, operate and maintain the $2.8 billion Victorian Desalination Plant, and he was seconded to Samsung C&T in Western Australia where he advised on the upstream and downstream contractual structures on the $5 billion Roy Hill mine project. He also advises architects, contractors and their clients.