The architectural design process can broken down into five phases. As you begin working with ACE, it’s helpful to know where you are in the process and where it will take you. ACE will orient you during each phase, and work with you to get the most value from each stage of the process. It’s a time-tested method for establishing a close working relationship between you and our firm, and producing the very best buildings.
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This first phase includes all of the discussions, thought, and exploration that lead to the moment when you realize you need to build something new. The phase ends with your decision to move forward with a project.
Here you define the project – its scope, features, purpose, and functionality. This is the time to establish an owner-architect agreement. Together with ACE, you develop and refine a “vision” for the project. Our architects then lead you through a “programming” exercise to help you explore the needs of those who will live, work or play in the space you create. You will identify the services you need from us, and the design team will begin to form a cohesive relationship and a shared concept for the final building.
Once the requirements of the project are determined, the design phase begins. ACE gives shape to your vision through drawings and written specifications. Your input into this phase is vital, as you get the first glimpses, and then a more defined look at how your building will take shape. It is important to establish a clear decision-making process with your architect during this phase. The design phase ends when you agree to the plans that will guide construction.
The contractor who will construct your building becomes the most active member of the team during this phase. Investments are made in materials, and timetables are extremely important. Good communication within the project team is critical, as the need for changes often arises. This is typically the time of highest stress for the project owner. ACE can facilitate these communications and serve as the owners liaison with the contractor. Additionally, your architect will discuss changes and options with you, and ensure that alterations are compatible with your vision for the project and your budget.
This phase beings the day the project is up and running and never really ends. It’s where your satisfaction with the project is determined. If you are turning over the project to others who will ultimately use it, good communication during that process is important. Your architect can help ensure that the terms of your building contract were met, and can use the experience of this project to inform future work, should you team together again. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to maintain a relationship with ACE Design Group.
Why choose us?
Whether you’re dreaming of a new home or planning a complex commercial development, the key to ensuring that your vision becomes reality is the same: Involve an architect early. ACE is here for you. Check out some of the areas we’ve worked in.