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Design Team Selection

New course now available!


Registration Fees - 1-day course

  Registration Fee
COAA Member $495
Non-Member $695


All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing (email is acceptable).  COAA will refund the full cost of registration for cancellations received 30 or more calendar days before the course date.  COAA is not responsible for any incurred travel or lodging charges

Course Instructors

Owner - Terry Cook, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Owner (former) - Howie Ferguson, COAA 
Architect - Warren Williams, Lord Aeck Sargent

Course Description

One of the most important decisions an Owner makes for a successful project is the selection of the design team! 

Gain a full understanding of the selection process from the RFP and scoring methods to interviewing and award.  Learn the best practices in creating a fair and transparent process. 

Discover tips on developing project evaluation criteria, interviewing firms, conducting reference checks, negotiating fees, and conducting debriefings. 

This course is taught by two owners and an architect to provide indepth instruction for the design team process.

Learning Objectives

1.     Understand the primary methods used to select design professionals.

2.     See and discuss selection process examples and current best practices.

3.     Gain a better perspective of “the other side.”

4.     Discuss fee negotiation tips.