CA Supreme Rules Against Architects in Beacon Decision
CCM+S Newsletter: California Supreme Court Rules Against California’s Architects in the Beacon v. Skidmore Owings Case
The closely watched California Supreme Court case of Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore Owings and Merrill et. al. has been decided, and the opinion is bad news for California Architects. The Court held that architects owe a duty of care to future homeowners in the design of residential buildings where the architect is a principal architect on the project, meaning that the architect is not a subordinate to other design professionals.