Our Architectural Design Process

Whilst every project is not the same, here are the general phases we follow to ensure your project meets the deadlines and expectations.
Feasibility Study Existing Conditions
The Viability Phase

Feasibility Study

The Feasibility Study stage is the first step in all of our projects. Within this phase, we do the relevant research to determine if the project in your mind is compatible with your timeframe, budget, and government codes and restrictions. During this phase, we'll also sit down with you to develop the project's brief, including goals, budget, and timelines. We'll then put all the information together in a way to reach a conclusion on the project's feasibility and offer options to move forward.

In Summary:

  • Government Code Research (specific to the property)
  • Project Brief (what you have in mind)
  • Requirements and options to move forward (consultants needed, budget, timeline)
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The Idea Phase

Schematic Design

During this phase – and based on the valuable insights obtained from the Feasibility Study – we'll start working on the initial design concept of the project with drawings and the BIM model while frequently meeting with you to review the evolution of the project.

At the end of this phase, we'll have a complete architectural set of plans and a 3D model with relevant information to make decisions such as the size and construction and financial strategy.

In Summary:

  • Initial Design Concept (first design ideas)
  • Design evolution (based on your insights and construction strategy)
  • Complete Architecture set of plans (with relevant information to comprehend the project's potential result)
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The Teamwork Phase

Design Development

Based on the approved schematic design, we'll start working with the project’s consultants to coordinate architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to further develop and detail the project for seamless project coordination.

We'll end up with a further developed building set addressing regulatory requirements in preparation for their submittal to the permitting authorities.

In Summary:

  • Further develop the Schematic Design (more details and documentation)
  • Work with the project's consultant's (coordinating the project's systems)
  • Prepare the Permit Set (to obtain building permits)
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The technical phase

Construction Documents

While the authorities go through their review, we prepare a thorough set of detailed drawings, schedules, and specifications for the construction team. During this phase, we review and coordinate all aspects of the projects with their corresponding consultants in our BIM model, ensuring consistent documentation throughout the project. If not previously selected, these documents are sent out for bidding to look for the right general contractor..

In Summary:

  • Prepare the Construction Set (Detailed technical drawings, schedules, and specifications)
  • Competitive Bidding (if a General Contractor wasn't chosen before)
  • Final coordination between all projects consultants (adding information into the BIM model)
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The building work


Once the building permit is obtained, the Construction Documents finalized and the construction starts, we'll work closely with the General Contractor make sure the project is being built based on our plans and specifications. At the end, we'll produce a punch list of items to resolve any outstanding issues or missing elements.

In Summary:

  • Visiting the construction of the project (to overview our plans are being followed)
  • Work and communicate closely with the builder (so we are all on the same page)
  • Produce final punch lists (to resolve pending items and close the construction)

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