The Design Process

--- Pam Drakopoulos

--- Pam Drakopoulos

The Designer will carry out a comprehensive research and site analysis prior to preparing the preliminary plans and elevations for the project. The subject site is studied in terms of pattern of the development of the neighbourhood e.g. setbacks and street features; the built form ,scale and character of the surrounding development e.g. walls and roof materials and, architectural styles and roof forms. This assists in determining an appropriate architectural language/building layout / vehicle access / private open spaces and provides an understanding of the neighbouring developments.

The investigation also extends to the Design Brief meeting with the client and, a study of the real estate market. The Design brief meeting establishes any specific requirements and ideas the client has, and informs the client on specific planning and authority compliance. It is also important that we design to current market, to ensure the client’s development is in the forefront.

Once we obtain all this valuable information, we are able to commence the preliminary design of the project. Every project has some challenge; it’s rewarding when we have worked on the project, met the client’s needs and negotiated with council to obtain the Planning Permits for the development.