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what & how
 
architectural projects typically follow a multi-phase planning & design process. some projects skip or combine phases depending on the scope of work & level of detail required.
 
phase one:
 
  • programming [deciding what to build] discusses project scope, wants, needs & budget
 
phase two:
 
  • schematic design [rough sketches] provides a path to the best solution for you
 
phase three:
 
  • design development [fine tuning & details] solidifies the final solution, major materials & room arrangements
 
phase four: 
 
  • production of construction documents [blue prints] for contractor bidding purposes, permitting and construction
 
phase five:
 
  • hiring a contractor [owner] for the project through a bidding [cost estimate] process if owner has more than one contractor in mind. architect will review bids and contractor contracts if the owner seeks assistance.
 
 
Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution. ‘-Ivan Chermayeff
 
 
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