Planning is an act of discovery where the problems are identified, data is collected and assumptions made about the optimal allocation of resources to create solutions. In architectural terms that means producing condition assessments, feasibility studies, code/zoning analysis, use programming and cost estimating.
These services formulate the basis of decision making at later stages of project development so it really is a step that should not be ignored. The more you know up front the better control you keep over the project cost and outcome through construction.
These services are scaled to match the relative complexity of any given project.
Design is both the product and the process of our efforts. Design as process is the expressive synthesis of project data through the production of sketches, drawings, models and renderings to create speculative solutions to the design problem. And it is by far the most fun of anything we do.
This is the creative process that forms the project vision. It is always somewhat experimental until it is built. But the process strives to make a vision that is coherent and clear through all stages of evolution. This is where we start to figure out how structure and function will come together to make a useful and aesthetically relevant place.
Where process becomes product.
Once you have a vision in place and a path laid out for your project, you need to have documents that describe how the structure gets built and the terms and conditions of construction contracts. These documents become the legal basis for the relationship with your builder and establish the scope of work the builder is obligated to perform under his contract.
The construction documents typically include descriptive drawings, bid specifications, conditions of the contract and technical specifications. These documents stipulate the quantities of material and the quality of workmanship that are to go into the project.
The more detail we can provide the better we can predict the outcome.
A natural outgrowth of our work is the need to manage the flow of information and variously the people and resources associated with the project. Forms need to be generated to record conversations, decisions and responsibilities while tracking communications among the project team from start to finish.
During construction we act as an agent for the client as we administer the construction contract on behalf of the client by answering questions, verifying progress and ensuring the contractor is using the correct materials and charging the correct amounts.
Open, honest communication is necessary as project admin is really about managing relationships and resolving conflicts fairly.