The architectural design process begins with identifying client goals and budget, gathering and analyzing site conditions, and reviewing governing jurisdiction guidelines for the property. A response to this information is then presented by way of design drawings. Initial first draft drawings are loose and broad stroked. They identify solutions for the project as a whole. The architect's drawings and focus will narrow as the design develops. The final design is presented by way of construction drawings, (aka 'blueprints') and should meet the client's design goals and budget requirements.
Predesign: Gathering of issues, circumstances, conditions, variables, goals and desire for the project
Schematic Design: Scope of project is established and the conceptual design begins to materialize from client discussion into loose sketches.
Design Development, Part I: Schematic design is refined and the general style and shape of the project begins to take shape. A preliminary cost breakdown is produced. Loose sketches are also refined and presented
Design Development, Part II: Modifications are made in response to design review meetings and budget requirements. Fundamental architectual, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are established.
Construction Documents: Drafted documents outlining the project in its entirety are produced. These drawings ensure that the project is code compliant, will pass through City permittng procees and meets the owner's goals.