Peer Review: Architects checking Architects

When an engineer on one of my projects came up with an innovative application of technology to solve a seismic problem, he was tasked to find a peer reviewer for his work; to be paid for by the developer.  I don’t know I’ve ever heard of that happening for an Architect; but it’s an intriguing idea: could Architects create a new business niche by doing plan review for Peers?  What do you think?

UPDATE: AIA California Council is working on legislative action that would allow California Licensed Architects who prepare ‘exempt projects’ (single family residential new and remodel; and small tenant improvement work) to substitute Peer Review by another licensed professional for typical Building Department Plan Review

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