Session Details







Showfloor Location


October 18, 2023

Start Time

04:00 PM

End Time

05:00 PM

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The Risks and Rewards of Working on Unique Projects

This session will discuss the Architect as a creator of unique designs and managing the risks associated with new creative ideas in design. The Architect / Engineer is in the best position to allow for creative ideas of design in their work and encourage the consultants for the same. But protection of risks in creativity should be allocated to the beneficiary of the risks (the Owner). We will look at the Architect / Engineer as the risk taker and the risk allocator and discuss how each are addressed and what is the proper protocol and protection.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how to manage and asses risk in creative designs and offer proper protection of the creativity.
  • Inspire their consultants to be creative for the benefit of the project.
  • Encourage their clients to allow for creative new ideas of building design and performance for the benefit of the project.
  • Distribute the risks between the project parties and still allow for creativity among all project parties.
  • Contract specifications to protect for the project risks under unique design circumstances.

This session is FREE to attend and will be located in The Architect’s Experience Pavilion inside the Expo Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Continuing Education Credits:
Approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Learning Units


William Peck, AIA
Architect, William Peck and Associates Architects

William Peck, Texas Architect and Consultant, founded William Peck & Associates Inc., in 1995. Designing both commercial and residential projects, working as architect, construction supervisor and consultant for numerous individual and corporate clients. The last 19 years he has specialized in sustainable, high efficiency commercial/residential building practices.  Designing net-zero and off-grid structures has required innovative design practice. Working with local and national contractors to develop the next level of construction equipment and methods. As a Faculty Associate with the University of North Texas, William is dedicated to educating city officials and the general public in the benefits of sustainable, energy efficient, design and construction.  A knowledgeable speake

Mitchell Milby, Hon. AIA
Managing Partner, MILBY, LLC

Mitchell Milby, a dynamic trial lawyer and a trusted adviser for over 25 years, advises foreign and domestic businesses on matters across Texas, Oklahoma, and other venues, including Florida and California, and mediates business and construction disputes. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict during his career. His areas of concentration in the design & construction and energy industries are: corporate formation/governance; all aspects of contracts and deal-making (owner agreements, architect/engineer agreements, specialty contractor agreements, manufacturer & equipment sale and lease agreements, employment/independent contractor agreements); and managing trial and alternative dispute resolution matters. Mitchell is a 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Super Lawyer® and has regularly achieved one of law’s most distinctive honors: A-V®Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, according to the standard-setting Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ that measures the highest levels of ability and ethical integrity for lawyers. The exceptionally high rating repeatedly places Milby on the prestigious Texas’ TopRated Lawyers list, which was published in The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle and The San Antonio Express News. The list also was a special supplement to The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal and Texas Lawyer. Mitchell is an honorary member of both the American Institute of Architects (Dallas Chapter) and the Texas Association of Architects. Honorary AIA and TxA Membership is conferred upon individuals who have made notable contributions to the advancement of the architecture profession. Mitchell is a Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation, a distinction held by only the most respected members of the State Bar (less than 1/3 of 1 percent of the membership of the State Bar is nominated annually). Early in his career, he was a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), following his service as a criminal prosecutor and in-house counsel to the Dallas Chief of Police and Command Staff. An active instructor, Mitchell has been a speaker at AIA National Conventions, the Texas Society of Architects state conventions, the Dallas & Fort Worth AIA chapters, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and is an ongoing guest lecturer for the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received the AIA Professional Affiliate of the Year Award (2012) and the Consultant Award (2019) from the Dallas AIA chapter. His opinions have been published in the AIA publication, Columns, the Dallas Business Journal, Texas Bar Journal, and the Texas Lawyer. He serves on the advisory board for the Dallas AIA publication, Columns. Mitchell is an Ironman Triathlon finisher, a two-time finisher of the Portland Marathon, a finisher of the Dallas White Rock and San Antonio Marathons, and holds several awards for running races in Texas and Oregon, where he attended law school. He lives in Southlake, Texas, where he is a volunteer coach for youth sports and swims with the North Texas Nadadores Masters.