Integrated Design Process
We work closely with our clients during the programming and design process. We first seek to confirm the overall objectives, review of the terms of reference and review of materials provided. Further, we like to discuss and develop evaluation criteria and a project specific methodology to finalize the work plan and schedule.
We propose an integrated process in which design options are carefully explored for program, site constraints and bylaws and further evaluated through feedback from scenario driven architectural design explorations. The evaluation will be based on the agreed criteria.
We will then recommend modifications/optimizations to the scenarios and typologies. This design management procedure evolves transparently through several cycles, looking at the project from multiple vantage points, and allowing client recommendations to arrive at insightful decisions. Information is typically delivered through fully interactive 3D digital models, physical design models, diagrams, analytic calculations, imaginative renderings and photo montages or others.
This process will help all stakeholders and team members to better understand the implications of the various potential design options with their particular advantages and limitations. The intent is to objectify the design process beyond initial preconceptions. We have had great success with this process since the team as a collective is finding the right solution. In summary, our design process is not linear and hierarchical, but evolves in multiple parallel strands that are then systematically integrated into a consistent design proposition.
The process naturally involves our consultants for structure, electrical, mechanical, landscape and others as needed. We have a longstanding working relationship with many of them, and prefer to see them involved with our clients as early as possible. We are, of course, more than happy to work with consultants of our clients’ preference.
We work with sophisticated BIM (Building Information Modelling), 3D-modelling, parametric and animation software that allow us to carry a highly integrated computer aided design model from start to finish.