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4 phases for a successful architecture project

The development of a project from the client's idea to the construction design can be a long journey. Sometimes It’s hard to imagine how such a schematic idea could become a real building. It's important to identify the main phases of the project to ensure progress within a schedule.

When facing an architecture project, every architect should have in mind these phases as a guide so that the project is satisfactory and effective. Although it is not mandatory, we believe that every architect should know and comply with them. We at Pistil Consortia consider that these phases are very important and part of our boutique architecture vision.

These phases are:

  • Due Diligence

  • Schematic Design

  • Design Development

  • Contract Documents

Due Diligence

The main goal of this first phase called due diligence is to understand the City requirements for the project and identify the existing building conditions for it. The created record plans will be the basis for the project design.

Schematic Design

In this phase, we establish the program, and after rounds of design with our skilled team, we present design options for the owner to choose from. After incorporating the client's feedback we continue developing the idea.

Something important about this phase is the site study. This is necessary to determine allowable building size according to the site requirements.

Design Development

In this phase, and after the client's feedback, the design is further developed and defined. It's also under compliance and coordinated with the city or authority having jurisdiction.

The main purpose of this phase is to further develop the baseline for the program, cost, and schedule.

Contract Documents

One important phase is Contract Documents where Structural, MEP, Civil, and other disciplines develop the design and it is coordinated with architecture, for permit and construction.

The purpose of this is to prepare the set of documents that define the project scope with drawings and specifications of the components for the project. Once approved by the Owner, these will be used for bidding, permitting, and construction.

Each architecture studio develops and deepens these phases in a different way and with its own style depending on the client's need. If you are curious about how we would drive your idea through these phases, in a Boutique architecture firm style, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you!

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