Architectural Design and Schematic Design Concepts
Yesterday we wrote about the importance of installing a proper commercial roof. Today we write about ideas. The field of architectural design is one of the most creative fields. This is because the field of architectural design encompasses a wide variety of fields. For example, an architectural designer could be involved in drafting floor plans, furniture layouts, interior designs and many other things. The designer would also need to come up with ideas that would fit into the budget and space constraints of the client. This is why the field of architectural design is so varied and broad.
The steps involved in designing an architectural building can vary widely. It will depend on the size, the complexity, the purpose and the space constraints for which the project needs to be designed. In general, the architectural design process starts with the feasibility study. This involves the identification of the objectives and purposes, budget estimation, the technical and structural details and the research methodology.
After this stage, it moves on to the architectural design and drafting stage. This is where the drafting is done and all the required drawings are created. The architect has to follow the guidelines and requirements of the local authorities. These requirements could be related to the space requirement, design, environmental considerations or cost limitations. Once all these have been completed, then the architect has to work on the drafts.
The next stage in the architectural design is to modify and make changes to the drafts. Architectural designers will need to work on these changes and modifications very carefully as major revisions or changes can drastically affect the budget and schedule. Once these have been completed, the architect can then proceed with the implementation. Architectural designers will need to incorporate these changes, revisions and modifications in the original blueprint drawings that were created earlier.
The final stage in the architectural design is to create the detailed drawings. The detailed drawings will contain all the plans and schematics of the different architectural objects and spaces that have been depicted in the blueprint drawings. In some cases, the architect will use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create these detailed drawings. However, architects can also employ a number of manual sketches of the different ideas and schematics. If so required, the architect will have to draft these manually using graphite or clay.
The creation of construction documents plays an important role in the development of an architectural design concept. Construction documents contain all details such as the elevations, sections, foundation, floor plan, specifications, and descriptions about materials used in the construction. The construction documents are also referred to as the building blueprints. If the project involves major alterations, modifications should also be included in the construction documents. The engineer has to ensure that the construction documents are well-formatted and easy to understand for any future work as well as future visitors.
It is the responsibility of the architectural designer to communicate the general idea of the project in a very simple way. A drawing will only show the basic layout of the project. Once the general idea is communicated to the architect, the architectural designer should be able to describe each and every detail in detail with as much accuracy as possible. The architectural designer can draw a rough sketch or rough model of the project for the client to review before construction commences.
Once the client agrees to the general idea, he can go ahead and provide the architect with the sketches or blueprints of the various spaces and objects required for the project. These sketches are more than just simple drawings. They represent actual models of how the project will look like. Since architects cannot be there during the actual building process, they rely on the sketches to give them ideas about the dimensions, shape, and style of each and every space. The sketches also help in comparing the designs with each other and identify areas that require modification.