Hiring an Architect to design your home or business can seem a daunting task, and fearful questions come to mind. Will they be expensive? Will they listen to me and understand what I want to accomplish? Will they design something I can afford? Will the look and feel be what I like, or will it be what the Architect likes?
Space Programming – The Process of Discovery
Your Architect is a facilitator who will help you determine your goals and needs.
Your Architect will use an information-gathering process which will help you Establish Goals, Organize Facts, Quantify Needs and develop Design Concepts. The concepts will be unique to you, and not preconceived ideas about your home or business. Then, the information is tested against your goals for Form, Function, Economy and Time, and that grounds the information in reality, and gives it validity. As the information is collected and tested, it becomes the Design Program, or “The Road Map” that guides the actual design process. As road map develops, so does the relationship with your Architect. Your conversations become comfortable and your relationship is built upon trust.
For a residential project, the Process of Discovery can be a simple conversation with one or two people. For a large business, it may be a series of work sessions with successive groups of people that lead to consensus-building and a clear direction. Your architect will organize the program information in story board format which allows the client team to see the big picture and focus on the information. The completed Road Map will consist of words, statistics, diagrammatic sketches and inspirational photos; and your Architect will prepare a summary report for you to review. The Road Map sets you on a clear path to the optimal design solution by using a process which is clear and understandable; and not one of trial and error.
During the programming phase, your architect will ask thought provoking questions to gain valuable information for the design program.
The questions will be asked in such a way that ideas flow easily, and most importantly they come from you, and what you want to accomplish. During the process, your architect will help you discover the unseen potential around you, and be a facilitator who provides a fresh perspective to your life or business.
“To be a good architect, you need to have a deep appreciation of human character and its capacity for transformation.”
Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art
What kind of potential will you find? It may be a new way of using an existing space which dramatically improves your home environment, or energizes your business. Discovered potential may be functional concepts that make you more productive, or help you market your business in a more powerful way. Or, you may find creative ways of using your budget that allows you to accomplish more of your goals. And, you may discover a design which can adapt over time, because one thing’s for certain; things always change!
The most enjoyable aspect of Discovering Potential is working interactively with your Architect and finding that potential together.
And, with your Architect and Road Map as guide, you’ll follow a clear path to powerful ideas that make you successful; in business and in life.