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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 Qualified R&D Activities


      • Creating designs for new buildings or rehabilitation of existing buildings.
      • Developing design alternatives that may require evaluation of differing building orientations, site constraints, programming requirements, building layout or MEP requirements.
      • Creation of feasibility studies or master plans in support of building design.
      • Utilizing computer aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) during the conceptual, design development, schematic design and construction documents phases.
      • Collaboration and evaluation between consultants to assist in developing the means and methods for construction for the building.
      • Engaging in value engineering studies