Step-by-step Guide: How to Start a New Architectural Design Process?
The architectural design process for any project can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the field or newly graduated. However, with the right approach and a clear understanding of the design process, it is possible to create a successful project.
This blog post will outline the steps to be taken when designing architectural projects, from the initial concept to the final construction. So, if you are a fresh graduate or just interested in the architectural design process, this guide is for you!
|Start by sorting your primitive flow of sketches, Photo by Karolina Grabowska|
Design Strategies: Architecture (Case Study)
Briefly, and step-by-step this article will guide you through the process you need to follow when designing your own architectural projects. From the very first sketches to the preparation of the multiple documents required for initiating the construction (i.e. the permit folder) and arriving at the shop drawings for the execution process.
For that, we will assume having any specific project; You can choose any project you like to work on, and you have always dreamed of designing at least once in your career lifetime. Whatever the project is, big or small, simple or complicated, there is always a unique approach that we should follow to reach our goal.
The following design strategy will guarantee your success in your architectural projects:
- This act is important at the beginning of any project: It filters the flow of ideas that usually came to our sight as a primary visualization but need to be organized and modified according to many other factors.
- In most cases, Architectural projects are subject to numerous rules and conditions which if not correctly applied the submitted project risk being prohibited by the local authorities. Therefore, after approving a specific concept with the client, we will have to implement those rules and conditions to our primitive design.
- It might change the design or just some minor modifications to comply with the "Building Code" previously mentioned. This is a crucial phase to pursue loyally because it will put your project properly on the right way at least in the preparation of the permit folder.
4 Main Phases to Achieve for an Architectural Design Process
Phase 1: Research and Conceptualization
The first step in designing an architectural project is to conduct research and conceptualize the design. This includes researching the site, the surrounding area, and the intended use of the building. It also includes identifyiny potential constraints or challenges that may impact the design. Once the research is complete, the designer can begin conceptualizing the design, including creating sketches, models, and other visual aids to explore different design options.
Phase 2: Design Development
The next step in the architectural design process is to develop the concept further. This includes creating detailed drawings, such as floor plans, elevations, and sections, as well as working out the technical details of the design, such as the structural and mechanical systems. The designer should also consider the materials and finishes that will be used, as well as the overall aesthetic of the building.
|Design Development phase; man in front of his laptop, Photo by fauxels|
Phase 3: Construction Documents
Once the design is fully developed, the designer can create the construction documents (also called shop drawings), which include detailed drawings and specifications. These documents provide the information needed for the building to be constructed and include information on the materials, finishes, and systems to be used.
|Construction drawings phase: Architect holding a pencil and a ruler, Photo by Thirdman|
Phase 4: Construction and Closeout
The final step in the architectural design process is the construction and closeout of the project. This includes overseeing the construction process, making sure that the building is constructed according to the design and specifications, and addressing any issues that emerge. Once the building is complete, the designer should conduct a final inspection and close out the project.
To conclude, designing an architectural project can be a complex process, but by following these steps and staying organized, it is possible to create a successful project. The key is to:
1- Research and conceptualizes the design,
2- Develop it further,
3- Create construction documents, and 4- Oversee the construction and closeout.
By following this process, the designer can create a building that meets the needs of the client and the surrounding community, while also being aesthetically pleasing and functional.