The first step in the design phase is called the schematic design phase. In the schematic design phase, the architect will gather all the information on the needs, wants, and the style of the project. Using this as his starting point, the architect will ideally create two to three design options for the client to choose from after a careful review.
In the design development phase, the architect will take his schematic designs and work on developing them to an approved design concept. This is the phase where clients should communicate any changes they want to the design before the final output is done.
Construction Documents are the documents that should be given to a contractor for the construction of the project. The architect’s role here is to put together the drawings with as much detail on them as possible for the contractor. The drawings should be very detailed so that the contractor can follow them when building with ease.
This is where the client or the architect seeks a contractor to turn their project from a virtual design on paper to reality. The client or the architect will start the bidding by giving the contractors bid documents that display the details of the project. The documents will include the technical specifications and the construction documents as well.
Construction will begin once the client or architect (or both) find a contractor they like and once the final design concept is settled on. The final design concept should fulfill the needs of the client while still being aesthetically pleasing and can help with the daily flow of work.
After settling on the contract, the architect will keep in contact with the contract throughout all the duration phase to make sure that your project is being built according to the plans approved upon and that any changes made on the way doesn’t contradict with main concept or function of the project so that the final project is still satisfying to the client even if some changes were made along the way for some reason.