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.

Examples of Qualifying R&D Activities:

  • Conceptualizing ideas and designs through drawings and sketches;
  • Designing and creating site features and orientations;
  • Developing and designing master plans;
  • 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 constructability; and
  • Engaging in value engineering studies.
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