Architectural Design

There are four main milestones in the design of a building:-

1. Inception.
This occurs at the very beginning of the project, before any drawings are done. It is the stage where the client, often together with the designer, gathers together thoughts and aspirations for the new building. These will include, style, location and above all, budget.

2.Concept.
Once the inception is complete then the designer and client can begin to sketch out the building's basic look, feel and layout. The concept stage can be the most time consuming part of the project, and the first attempts will invariably require some considerable adjustment in order to achieve the desired effect.

3.Developed Concept.
Only when the concept has been generally agreed by all parties, can a set of developed concept drawings be prepared. It is at this stage that the client can obtain some accuracy in the budget costings. Either a builder or an independent costing person, such as a quantity surveyor, can be engaged to do this. Should the project require specialist input such as that from a structural engineer, then it is at this stage where they are introduced.

4.Detailed Documentation.

When the client is satisfied that the design has achieved its aims and budgetary/specialist's changes have been installed, the designer will then produce all the requisit documentation for submission to the council for building consent. When the consent has been issued then the designers involvement may come to an end........unless....

There is a fifth stage which involves the designer during the construction process. It may take the form of an observational role, whereupon the designer will observe the construction and advise the client, where required, on the technical aspects of the project, assist with variations to the design and to ensure that the building is being built in accordance with the design. In addition to this, the designer may be engaged to administer the contract on behalf of the client.

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