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.
  • Site master planning
  • Site utilization studies
  • Site utility studies
  • Off-site improvement studies
  • Code analysis
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior elevations
  • Sustainability
  • Preliminary Review by Local Government
  • Budget Development

Design Development – In the Design Development phase the Architect expands upon the schematic design to develop more detailed drawings. The evolution of the project continues and entitlement processing, if nessary, is done during this phase. The Architect verifies that the design complies with building codes and begins preliminary work with consultants (structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, landscape, ect.). Outline specifications are prepared defining major materials that will be utilized for the project. The project proceeds to the next phase when the Owner approves the Design Development documents and the entitlements are obtained.

  • Engineering systems analysis
  • Preliminary cost estimates
  • Outline specifications
  • Interior design
  • Landscape design
  • Renderings and models
  • Entitlement Process / Governmental review
  • Environmental clearance
  • LEED documentation and early submission
  • Color pallette
  • Design Development plans are approximately 30% complete construction documents