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Architecture and the Research & Development Tax Credit


Every architecture project is unique and presents numerous design challenges, which is why architecture firms typically spend a majority of their time in the conceptual/schematic design, design development, and construction document phases.

Many architecture firms undertake this activity on a daily basis, but fail to take advantage of the R&D Tax Credit.  What may seem as typical day-to-day design challenges during these phases, may actually qualify as R&D related expenses.

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Examples of Eligible R&D Activities


    • Conceptualizing ideas and designs through drawing and sketches
    • Designing and creating site features and orientations
    • Developing and designing master plans
    • Creating new and innovative designs for various structures
    • Generating construction documents
    • Computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) activities
    • Producing new or innovative designs to meet LEED certification or energy efficient specifications
    • Collaboration and evaluation between consultants on means and methods for constructibility
    • Engaging in value engineering studies