Though every project is unique, there are several basic phases in the architectural design process. Depending on the project, some phases may be shorter or longer or even omitted entirely. A typical project may go through the following phases:

  • Pre-design. This includes initial meetings to determine client needs and determine a building program, and assessment of the building site and conditions.
  • Schematic Design: the concepts and the program are translated into initial graphic form, including basic plans and dimensions.
  • Design Development: the plans refined and worked out in greater detail. Additional drawings elaborate on the plans.
  • Construction Documents: with the basic design set, a fully detailed set of drawings is generated. They will be used for the actual construction.
  • Bidding and Negotiation: Contractors interested in the project may submit proposals outlining the cost to do the work, or the architect and client may work directly with a selected contractor.
  • Construction Administration: As construction of the project proceeds, the architect supervises the construction to ensure that the plans are being followed correctly. As construction ends, the architect visits the site to ensure proper close-out and completion of the project.
  • Post-Construction: The architect may provide post-construction services such as follow-up visits and post-construction as-built drawings.

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