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The design process is simple in theory.  First you
decide what the problem is then you solve the problem,
then document the solution to convey it to others who
will implement the construction.

We work hard with our clients to identify the client
goals, problems to be solved, and functions to be
accommodated.  We then document those needs with
lists, narratives and diagrams.  This important step is
called the programming or pre-design phase, but could
easily be referred to as the listening phase.

In the schematic design (SD) phase we seek to develop
strong conceptual solutions addressing the goals, and
unique project requirements identified in the pre-design
phase.  We Iook for design cues in the client, the site
and the program.  A unique program, client personality,
difficult site, views or circulation patterns can lead to
strong conceptual design.  One could argue, that
without a unique concept or central idea, a project is not
architecture, but merely a building.

Approved schematic designs are then developed into a
set of construction documents (CD phase) which
conveys the specifics of the design for construction.   
Skilled and consistent development and detailing of a
strong conceptual design is a thing of beauty.  Poor
implementation of a good conceptual design is a wasted
opportunity.

An architect must have the ability to listen, synthesize,
conceptualize and skillfully carry out the design to truly
succeed in the design process.
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