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Posted by  Terry L. Walker, AIA, MBA on February 08, 2004 at 13:53:54:

In Reply to:  HOW ONE GOOD ARCHITECT SHOULD PROCCED TOWARDS DESIGN posted by BIRVA on February 08, 2004 at 03:43:26:

Design Process consists of alternating intelectual postures of inquirey and expression. In all things we should ask questions before we reach conclusions. Try following these steps:
1. Gather as much information about the problem as you can and organise that information in a logical way so it can be used by and communicated to others.
2. Define the problem with a problem statement in two parts that answers the first question "What is this building supposed to accomplish in terms of its physical requirements, it's spacial functions to fullfill the needs of it's users, it's artistic or aesthetic objectives and requirements". The second question is "What are the resource limitations within which the solution to the first question can be answered with a building.( how much, at what cost and where"
3. Create graphically, multiple expressions of ideas or concepts of a solution to (2).
4. Compare and evaluate the adjacent alternatives against the two part problem definition (2) and generate refined concepts. Repeat until there are at least 2 viable solutions to the problem.
5. Express all the viable solutions graphically at presentation quality.
6. Make a decision or get a decision; choose which solution to proceed with.
7. Implement the design solution.

Remember the inability to make a decision to do something is the same as a decision to do nothing, even though it feels different.

Terry L. Walker, AIA

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