Architects & Engineers Insurance

Risk Strategies is a leading national specialist in helping design and engineering professionals manage risk and liability. We take a partnership approach to building the right coverage and reducing your risks.


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Helping Architect & Engineer Clients

Design professionals face a multitude of ever-changing challenges, from contract clauses to an increasing emphasis on sustainability and new technologies.

Our Architects & Engineers (A&E) practice understands the complex risks that design professionals encounter daily and offers insurance products and consulting to help address the diverse exposures you face.

Architecture and engineering are high-risk professions. A minor error in a design can lead to delays in construction or worse – catastrophic losses that result in potentially costly claims and lawsuits. Many A&E risks are covered by professional liability insurance. However, there are unique exposures that can result in major coverage gaps and issues.

Contract Clauses

Management Decisions

Clear Communication

  • Is there a defense and indemnity clause to limit the owner or design-build contractors’ liability and thus, shift blame to you or your team? Does your contract adequately reflect “scope creep” when a project morphs over time? Are you permitted to suspend or terminate services for non-payment?
  • Will your firm’s go/no-go protocols prevent you from taking on a litigious client or a scope that falls outside your expertise? Is your standard of care impacted by outdated technologies or flood maps? Is your firm protected, and are your employees adequately trained, in the event of a cyberattack?
  • Are excessive RFI’s laying the framework for future claims? With delegated design, is there adequate specificity in the contract documents and performance specs to ensure the delegated components will interface with the larger project?
  • Our offerings within the A&E practice are tailored to meet each client’s specific needs. With solutions that cover nearly every risk, we can create a plan that protects you from the many exposures inherent to the design professions.
  • Broad professional liability policies that protect from potential damages related to construction delays, structural damages and other potentially costly risks. Our team is ready to negotiate the best coverage for the lowest rate.
  • Depth of expertise on all coverage lines required by design professionals, including professional liability, property and casualty, executive risk, cyber and benefits.
  • Contract review and loss prevention education services.
  • Roster of former practicing attorneys and claims advocates to leverage relationships with senior decision-makers at all leading markets.

When you’re facing the most pressing business challenges, maximizing your success starts with the right partner. At Risk Strategies, you get a dedicated risk management consultant and partner with in-depth industry knowledge and 25 specialty practices. Our team members have robust A&E backgrounds and have defended A&E professional liability litigation and/or served as in-house counsel for ENR-ranked firms. This, coupled with being a top broker in the U.S., allow our clients to benefit from our:

  • Geographic Diversity: Your projects take you to many geographies, each with different laws and regulations. Our team is located across the country, providing national resources that are locally delivered to help navigate local and regional issues.
  • Insurability Reviews: If you have questions about the insurability of a proposed contract, we offer insurability reviews and assistance in negotiating revisions that will help you avoid taking on uninsurable risks.
  • Specialized Education: We provide thousands of loss prevention education programs each year to our clients and local and national chapters of professional associations.

Darren Black, Senior Managing Director and National Practice Leader -

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Darren S. Black, J.D.

Leadership Profile

Darren S. Black, J.D.

Senior Managing Director, National Practice Leader, Professional Services

For twenty years, Darren’s experience as a former commercial litigator and coverage counsel has informed his design of custom professional liability programs for law and design firms. He spent several years as a PLAN agent, led Aon’s North American Design Liability for five years, and joins Risk Strategies after serving as Director of IMA’s Professional Services Practice. Darren’s expertise and relationships with senior leadership at professional liability markets provide clients with a strong advocate on coverage, contracts and claims.