regard the design process as a collaborative relationship between the
client, the architectural team and the builder. The stages described below
flow seamlessly into each other as the design evolves. Out of our collaboration,
and guided by our experience and creativity, we endeavor to provide buildings
that work, are an asset to the larger surrounding area, and will give
pleasure to our client and the community for decades to come.
Programming and Information Gathering
Design begins with a fact-finding phase in which information is obtained
primarily through the program that the client has in mind. At the same
time we review the opportunities and challenges of the site, to gain an
understanding of light, views, and context. Precedents of similar building
types may be researched. Basic information regarding building function,
adjacencies, circulation and hierarchy is obtained. If the project involves
an existing structure, the necessary documentation is undertaken. We also
must learn the constraints of budget and scheduling that the client faces.
We prepare one or more preliminary building studies based on our analysis.
These drawings indicate space utilization, adjacencies, site and building
circulation, structural and mechanical system strategies, accessibility
issues, code requirements, and other early considerations that may apply.
In discussion with the client, designs will be evaluated and criteria
refined, and the preliminary studies modified to reflect decisions made.
We will then develop the design at a larger scale and refine it to better
meet client needs. Furniture will be identified and placed, and details
will be worked out. With our consultants, the structures and mechanical
systems will be elaborated. During this phase regular meetings with the
client to obtain feedback on design refinements are critical. A set of
architectural drawings will be the end product of this phase, complete
enough that the client can easily understand how the building functions
and how the building looks. We will also study and present a palette of
materials and colors at this stage.
We begin the preparation of the construction documents after the client
approves the drawings presented at the end of the Design Development phase.
Along with the detailed drawings, a written specification is usually prepared,
complementing the information contained in the drawings. With the completion
of these two components of the construction documents, the project is
ready to invite bids on construction work.
The procurement of bids from qualified contractors is the next phase.
If appropriate to the particular job, we will help select a contractor
earlier in the design process, and work with him on pricing and methods
This phase includes such services as general administration, site visits,
shop drawing and sample review, contractor payment certification, administration
of changes in the work, and project close out. During the building process,
we will work with client and contractor on the last details that are so
important to a project, from paint color choices to light switch style.
Fees and Schedule
Contact us for a discussion of fees and scheduling for your particular