NEW YORK CITY—Guiding you through risks and potential underwriting perils, Lance J. Ewing of AIG provides his market-spanning insights. A recipient of the Risk Manager of the Year for Business Insurance and Risk Innovator of the Year awards, Ewing is an internationally recognized authority on insurance, risk management, crisis management and risk financing, among many other insurance and risk-related subjects. At AIG, he serves as the leader for Hospitality and Leisure, as well as the Real Estate Industry Practice Groups.

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Dear Insurance Leader,

I'm a developer of multifamily residential. My architect asked me just yesterday about protection for condo design so that he can feel safe with delivering a design, and won't break his budget. He has historically delivered drawings for for-rent, only but is considering the for-sale market today. What, if any, new programs are available for architects?

Alan D., California

Dear Alan D.,

The basic coverage's for an Architect would be Professional Liability (also known as errors and omissions) and General Liability.

Most professional exposure risk comes from negligence in the performance of professional services. Most often the claimant's damages are manifest in one of the following ways:

  1. Cost to correct insufficient or improper design specifications for the application
  2. Delay in construction, due to insufficient or improper design
  3. Construction cost overruns caused by insufficient or improper design

Insurance coverage under professional liability may provide coverage for pre-claims (ADA, FFHA, etc.); a defined explanation as to professional services; a blanket additional insured status for clients; joint ventures, innocent insureds; ownership interest coverage; and other risks. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has a Risk Management Committee that may also be of benefit.


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Lance Ewing

Lance J. Ewing has extensive executive experience in the field of risk management and insurance including his current role as Vice President for AIG Property/Casualty. Lance leads the Hospitality & Leisure, as well as the Real Estate Industry Practice Groups for AIG. Prior to this position he served in senior risk management capacities for Caesars Entertainment Inc. (fka Harrah’s), GES Exposition Services and for the City of Philadelphia School District. Mr. Ewing additionally worked for various insurance companies including Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, Pennsylvania Hospital Insurance Company (PHICO) and New York Lumberman's Insurance Trust in risk management and loss control capacities. Mr. Ewing received his Master's degree in Law & Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his second Master's degree in Occupational Safety Engineering. In addition to his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and his International Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation, he is a matriculated Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) candidate and has completed his Enterprise Risk Management Professional designation (ERMP). Lance was National President 2003-2004 for the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and was also the Chief Risk Officer (CRO). He teaches risk management as a faculty member for the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. He also served as a Board member for the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Board. Mr. Ewing was a member of the Willis Client Advisory Board, the Zurich Client Board and the AIG Advisory Board. Other board positions previously held include the Spencer Educational Foundation, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Safety to Life Committee, the Environmental Risk Management Committee of the ASTM and the Public Risk Insurance Management Association. He has a scholarship in his name (Lance J. Ewing Educational Scholarship) for the Certified Risk Management International designation. Mr. Ewing was honored as the 2008 Risk Innovator of the Year and was the 2007 Risk Manger of the Year (Business Insurance). He has authored several articles on insurance, risk management, crisis management and workers' compensation. He is a frequent speaker on enterprise risk management, claims, disaster recovery and risk financing. In addition, he has testified in both Federal and State hearings on risk management legislation. He has spoken internationally to promote insurance and risk management in Croatia, Romania, Kosovo, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Australia, India, China and Japan. Mr. Ewing continues to be a strong and outspoken supporter of the insurance and risk management industry.