Qualifications Based Selection

Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) is a procurement process for the competitive selection of architectural services under which the most appropriate professional or firm is selected based on qualifications, rather than on fees. 

AIA Position

The American Institute of Architects strongly supports Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) for procuring professional design services for public projects. QBS is required for federal projects as described by the Brooks Architect/Engineer Act (Public Law 92-582, 40 U.S.C. 541 et seq.). 

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