Regarding the question "Who Pays When the Design Doesn't Meet Code?" (Legal, 8/05), sometimes the owner should pay if the design doesn't meet the code, even if there was an architect, engineer, construction manager, interior designer, feng shui consultant, and chief boot-polisher engaged to work on the design and construction of the project.

No design professional is perfect, and no design will be perfect. One professional society I belong to, the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), publishes "Guidelines for the Practice of Structural Engineering," which states that the owner should be advised to establish a contingency fund for correcting errors and...

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