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Offit Kurman New York Construction Law Chair Robert F. Herrmann Speaks at Inaugural NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice Program
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New York, NY | August 28, 2018 It takes more than extraordinary knowledge and skill to become an architect. All construction and design professionals also need to abide by rigorous regulations that protect public health, safety, and welfare. To ensure consistent standards in their field, leaders of architectural firms depend on licensure guidance from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), a nonprofit organization comprised of registration boards across the United States and U.S. territories. And to ensure members receive the best possible education, NCARB calls on recognized industry experts, such as Robert F. Herrmann of Offit Kurman.
In August of this year, NCARB hosted its first Scholars in Professional Practice. Architects who teach professional practice at architecture schools around the country—and world—were invited to apply to attend the conference. The exclusive training opportunity was limited to just 10 professors.
Mr. Herrmann was the first speaker at Scholars in Professional Practice event and presented a seminar to the scholars on risk management. Through the use of “real world” design and construction problems, he led the group through a discussion of managing risk with the goal of helping the scholars incorporate teaching risk management in their professional practice classes.
Other presentations during the event centered on topics such as the future of academia, ethics in architecture, business strategies and financial management for architecture firms, and more.
In his practice at Offit Kurman, Mr. Herrmann acts as general counsel to a number of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, lighting designers, engineers, owners, developers, and contractors, advising them on general business matters and representing them in litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Prior to joining the firm, Bob spent more than three decades as managing partner of the New York City law firm of Menaker & Herrmann, where he advised a number of the most prominent U.S. architecture and design firms. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Herrmann currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches Advanced Professional Practice to third-year Masters students. He is also the lead author of Law for Architects: What You Need to Know, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton.
For more information about Mr. Herrmann’s practice, and to get in touch with him, please visit his attorney page.
Robert F. Herrmann is the Chair of the firm’s New York Construction Law Practice. He represents design professionals, and other construction-related firms, privately held businesses, and New York City housing cooperatives and condominiums. He acts as general counsel to a number of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, lighting designers, engineers, owners, developers, and contractors, advising them on general business matters and representing them in litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Bob was, for thirty-four years, the managing partner of the New York City law firm of Menaker & Herrmann, where he advised a number of the most prominent architecture and design firms in the country.
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