New ACA Short Form Architect Client Agreement Webinar

10 July 2017




The ACA Short Form Architect Client Agreement provides a less cumbersome, but fair and balanced model contract for use on small to medium contracts. Lawyer/architect Christopher Larcos, who prepared the document, takes us through the key provisions of the agreement.

This CPD webinar was held on 2 August 2017 and the presentation is available here.

Christopher Larcos, lawyer/architect, presents the new ACA Short Form Architect Client Agreement. The Agreement was launched in May at a discussion event in Sydney and this webinar will open the forum to the rest of the nation.

Prepared by Christopher, on behalf of the ACA, the new agreement has been developed to provide a less cumbersome, but fair and balanced model contract for use on small to medium projects. The agreement consists of just three pages and a cover letter and has been approved by insurers Planned Cover.

To learn more, book now for the ACA Insight webinar when Christopher will discuss:

  • The need for the new ACA Short Form Architect Client Agreement
  • Key provisions of the agreement, and how they improve upon the corresponding provisions in the other client-architect agreements
  • The importance of the cover letter, and how it should be filled out and customised

There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.

Speaker – Christopher Larcos

Christopher 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 Australian 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


Wednesday, 2 August, 2017

WA 10.30am registration for 11am–12 midday
SA, NT 12 midday registration for 12.30–1.30pm
NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, Qld 12.30 pm registration for 1pm–2pm


$20.00 members
$30.00 non-members


Book online here.

For further information contact Katherine Ygosse at or 0413 520 548.


CPD questions for this webinar will be distributed through host venues and also directly to attendees participating remotely. Questions will also be accessible for download during the webinar.

This event will deliver one hour of formal CPD. Please keep your receipt and ticket (which includes attendee names) and completed questions for your records. If you specifically require a certificate of attendance, please email


The ACA National Webinars are hosted by ACA members across Australia. Members located close to a host office can choose to meet with others for the event, combining professional development with an opportunity to chat with fellow members and actively participate in the national discussion. A light lunch or refreshments will be available at the venue.

Remote log in is available for those who can’t make it to a host office or require the added convenience of participating in the webinar from their chosen location. Log in details for the webinar will be distributed to remote access ticket holders in the week prior to the event.

Venues are listed below.


Level 7 232 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne

New South Wales

Fulton Trotter Architects
Level 3, 35 Spring Street
Bondi Junction
Ph 02 9369 5941

Suite 2, 19 Harris Street
Ph 02 8569 5000

16 Telford Street
Ph 02 4926 5222

MSK Group
Unit 13, 829 Old Northern Road
Ph 02 9651 6500


Fulton Trotter Architects
18 Portman Lane,
Spring Hill
Ph 07 3291 1511


Meyer Shircore and Associates
Suite 2, Ground Floor
437 Roberts Road

ACT, SA, Tasmania and NT

Members in ACT, SA, NT and Tasmania can log in online