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Design Process

 

STEP 1 : PROJECT PROGRAMMING

 

The design process begins with a statement of the project's scope, the activities to be accommodated, and any special requirements or considerations that will guide the design.

 

Programming seeks to define the issues and problems the design process must address and resolve. Generally, programming operates at two interconnected levels: a pragmatic level, on which specific requirements are listed and interrelated, and an aspiration level, which strives to capture the client's dreams, hopes and desires. Each level is important and each informs the other.

 

STEP 2 : SCHEMATIC DESIGN

The primary objective of Schematic Design is to arrive at a clearly defined, feasible concept and to present the information in a way that facilitates client's understanding and acceptance.

 

Schematic Design establishes the general scope, concept and scale of the design, while showing the relationships among the components of the project.

 

1. A site plan

2. Plans for each level

3. Elevations

4. Key sections

5. Roof plan

 

STEP 3 : DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Design development is the period in which the design itself achieves the refinement and coordination necessary for it to become a polished work of architecture. The primary purpose of design development is to further define and describe all aspects of the project so that what remains is the final step of construction drawings.

 

STEP 4 : CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Once a design has been developed and approved, the architect assembles the drawings and specifications that communicate the requirement for construction of the project.

 

The construction documents serve multiple purposes:

1. They communicate to the owner, in detail, what the project involves

2. They establish the contractual obligations the owner and contractor owe each other during the project

3. They may be the basis for obtaining regulatory and financial approvals needed to proceed with construction