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  Schematic Design  

The initial phase of all architectural design projects is Schematic Design (sometimes referred to as Preliminary Design).  This is the starting point regardless of the project’s size or budget. 

This is the time when discussions are held with the Owner to understand their functional needs, general aesthetic goals and budget constraints.

Schematic Design focuses on establishing the Owner’s vision for the project.  This phase varies significantly in its scope based on the project’s size, complexity and the Owner’s needs.

During this phase the Architect generally prepares rough sketches to begin to establish, their understanding of the Owner’s needs.  As part of this phase the sketches would be refined to express a more complete understanding of the Owner’s expressed vision. These ideas would be conveyed through site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections or other means determined appropriate to adequately express the design intent. In addition to establishing the design intent for the project, the Architect, during this phase will review codes and regulations that may have an impact on the project. 

The success of each project is based on building a strong relationship and method of communication with the Owner during the Schematic Phase.  These fundamentals lead to ensuring a mutual understanding of the vision of the Client and the interpretation of that vision by the Architect.



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