In the Predesign Phase, the Owner and the Architect discuss the ideas and constraints of the project. The Architect checks building codes and prepares drawings of existing site and building conditions. The result of Predesign work will be a written program that describes the project’s purpose, goals and function. The Predesign phase is complete when the Owner and Architect agree that the scope of work is well defined, and the Architect has acquired all of the information necessary for the design to commence.


This initial phase of service is where the project is defined and the data necessary to commence work is obtained.
  • Assemble the Design Team
    • In-house staff and engineering sub-consultants.
  • Project development scheduling
  • Programming
    • Architectural Programming includes descriptions of the project’s purpose, function, relevant design criteria, occupants and relationships of functions and spaces. Through the decision-making process this information will define the scope of work that is proposed for the project.
  • Flow studies
  • Site selection / evaluation
  • Existing building surveys (Measured drawings)
  • Jurisdictional agency consultation
  • Research
  • Budget review
  • Promotional materials
  • Feasibility studies
  • Photos
  • Governing codes