Every significant human-made structure throughout history has involved architecture and engineering.

Some are memorable for their innovation and efficiency, while others are renowned for their inspiring design. Still others are remembered for a negative reason: catastrophic failure.

Design failure is more than an occupational hazard for architects and engineers. It can claim lives, destroy careers and trigger costly litigation. Professional liability insurance for design professionals offers important financial protection, but the risks are high for architects and engineers as well as their insurers. History provides some valuable lessons about mitigating professional liability risks.

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