Quality Based Selection

What is Quality Based Selection?

Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) is an objective and fair process used by owners to select a design professional based on the qualifications of the designer in relation to a specific project.

The AIA strongly supports Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) for procuring professional design services.

Why is QBS the best A/E selection system?

QBS ensures that the best firm is selected to design a project and to represent a client during construction. This prevents competing design firms from fee bidding and cutting the scope of work performed just to get the job. The design team will make certain that appropriate project analysis, engineering and economic studies are made. The project benefits from this professional service and is delivered in a functional, efficient manner, within budget and on time.

How does it work?

QBS Basics:

  1. Review of Qualifications to create a Short List of three to five firms.
  2. Ranking of short listed firms based on interviews or technical proposals.
  3. Negotiation of work scope and fees with highest ranked firm.

Where can the owner or agency obtain further detailed information on QBS?

The QBS Process


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