As with all forms of technological design, Architectural Design is concerned with satisfying human needs. The outcome or result of architectural design usually should be emphasized upon a large-scale environmental building. The activity of our architectural design shall consists of certain kinds of tasks done in a specific order,
The Architectural Design Process
The Architectural Design Process begins when a client identifies a need to accommodate new or expanded activities with a new building, or the enlargement of an existing building. We shall prove to client our competence in order to determine the client that we have the combination of experience, skill and resources that will make them the best choice to design the building.
We shall work closely with the client in order to clearly understand their needs. Then as a architect we will produce a Design Program. This is a written document which will spell out the characteristics of that the new building. The Design Program shall be a design brief for the building. It will begin with a Problem Statement – design objectives – describing the general characteristics of the proposed building. Its style or overall appearance will be directly connected to the subject how it relates to its surroundings energy and environmental impacts.
The Design Requirements shall include
- Space List – the functional areas that are to be provided. Sizes and Dimensions – the floor area and critical lengths and heights of the spaces. Proximity Relationships – how close the spaces must be to each other and the type of access between them.
- Fixtures and Fittings – detailed built-in features and equipment required to support the functions of the spaces. Special Features – anything unusual that will be provided in order for the spaces to function properly.
- Working with the client we as a architect we will also identify the budget (maximum cost) for the project, divided into individual cost elements, such as site services, parking and roadways, landscaping, foundations, structure, building envelope, etc.
- Working with the client we as a architect will also determine the project schedule, including critical dates and lengths of time required for various parts of the design and construction work.
During Design Development decisions shall be made about the materials and methods of construction to be used especially with respect to the building envelope in order to ‘realize’ the design concept that was established by the Schematic Design.
The developed design shall be presented to the client for review and approval, At this point, the overall design, and the budget, shall be ‘frozen’. Design work will now proceed to the next stage