We assemble stakeholders and collaborators to jointly identify goals, challenges and desired outcomes. Working as a team, this group establishes the project scope, budget, schedule and protocols.
We gather information about the project area, its history, systems and surroundings. During this stage we are careful to listen to residents, stakeholders and experts and learn from case studies and precedents. In actuality, this phase is ongoing throughout – it has no expiration date.
We analyze and synthesize the information learned in order to highlight relationships and patterns and draw conclusions…literally. We pay a lot of attention in this phase to representing data in a manner that is understandable and relatable – we love beautiful diagrams.
We experiment with new techniques, explore alternative strategies, craft the purpose and meaning of the project. We draw and present ideas, concepts and iterations.
Based on feedback and advice from clients and stakeholders, we select the best aspects of various schemes and form them into one cohesive design. We test potential outcomes, constantly revising, refining and improving our solutions. Ultimately we work to build consensus among constituents, ensuring a successful project.
Here we document the full story of the design for those who will build it. But this is not the end of the process – it continues much beyond the handing-off of a set of drawings, or even the actual construction. Our projects literally have lives of their own – we help to set them in motion, and we delight in the opportunity to revisit them over time.