The most important phase of any architect's service, design is where all aspects‚ needs, desires, aspirations, constraints, environment, function, budget, etc. ‚ are synthesized into the project. Inputs from many sources must be considered and jurisdictional agency approvals obtained.
There are two steps in the architectural design process.
Schematic Design - Schematic Design establishes the conceptual design of the project. Through this process and using the materials derived from Pre-Design, the Architect will explore alternative design solutions to evolve the best solution that meets the requirements defined by the scope of work. The main objective is to arrive at a reasonable, clearly-defined concept. A series of rough hand sketched plans known as schematics are created, which illustrate the Architect's design concept for the project. Illustrations are also prepared to help the client visualize the project. Several iterations of the design concept may be needed to satisfy the client. The project proceeds to the next phase when the client approves the Schematic Design.