Projects in architecture can be a daunting subject. There are so many moving parts and things to keep track of from start to end. Architects need to familiarize themselves with the general phases of an architectural project, especially when they jump from project to project. This article will discuss the seven key phases of an architectural project:
1. Client Meeting Phase
Architects first meet with future clients and discuss their design desires. Topics of discussion include what they want out of their building or renovation, what budgets are available, and any other limitations they have. Architects need to ask the right questions at this stage. They should enquire about what exactly it is that the clients want and get key information that will help them create a design concept that will suit their needs.
2. Concept Phase
After meeting with the client, the architect has enough information to generate a rough design concept and present it. They will ask the client if they like the design and think about it. The architect should listen carefully to feedback from clients at this stage, as criticisms could indicate that there are aspects of the design that do not suit their needs after all.
3. Design Development Phase
After the client has approved the design, the architect and their team will develop it further. They must look at how they will use the design, how it will function in practice, and what materials they will use. This Phase involves lots of discussions with the client about how they can improve design aspects based on their feedback from the previous Phase.
4. Construction Documentation Phase
The construction documentation phase is among the important architecture design phases. This Phase is where the architect moves from designing spaces to drawing technical drawings. They will document the construction process of the building, showing what materials will be used, how they will be laid out on site, and where everything else (such as power points) should go. The object of this documentation is to serve as a guide to the builder.
5. Bidding and Tendering Phase
The architect must find builders who will carry out the work specified in the documentation. They must submit a detailed report about how they chose their contractor and may also need to submit additional documents such as warranties for any products used during the design and construction process.
6. Construction Phase
The final Phase is the project’s actual construction; whether it’s a brand-new building or major renovation, this is where all of the work happens. If any major changes need to be made after the contractor has started their work, they must first ask for approval from the client before they start.
7. Handover Phase
The final Phase is when the client takes ownership of the project. This doesn’t mean that construction has finished. However, several minor issues may need to be fixed afterward, and it will need regular cleaning too. The owner needs to be kept up-to-date with any major changes during this time.
This article has described the seven phases that an architectural project goes through. The client meeting phase is where it all starts, leading to a series of tests and developments before construction begins. After the building or renovation is finished, there’s still work to be done for both architect and client to get it back in a livable condition.
If a job has been done well, the client will be happy with the results, and the architect can hope for future business from them. However, if it wasn’t up to standard, they might not get another chance to prove themselves again.