Architectural design is a process that requires open communication between the designer and the client.  In addition, prior to commencement of the design process, it is important to establish a well developed program and a clear definition as to what constitutes a successful project.  Only after these criteria have been established and a very specific design problem been identified can the evolution of an idea begin. 

When confronted with a design problem, implementation of specific core values help to establish the Parti from which the entire design process grows and evolves in a meaningful direction.  The core values I incorporate into everything I design include:

1.    Design with society and environment in mind.  No building or design is a stand alone entity, there are social, economic and historical context that has to be considered throughout the design process.  Any design, including buildings as well as the designed environment, should respond in a meaningful manner to these specific circumstances.

2.    Create spaces and places that are as fun to see and experience as they are to design and build.  Leaving a visitor with a significant and memorable experience and a lasting impression should always be a part of what defines a project as successful.

3.    Very careful attention to the smallest of details on all portions of a project.  Architecture is a design process to the smallest element of a project and the profile of a handrail should be given as much care and consideration as the front façade.  It is attention to detail and quality that leave lasting impressions on clients as well as others who experience your work.

4.    Begin with the end in mind.  The design process is a journey, but having a clear idea of the end goals is critical to streamlining the design process and completing tasks within budget and on time.

5.   Incorporate environmentally friendly and sustainable practices into all design efforts.  While many of the structures that architects build today will be around for future generations, the resources they use very well may not.  It is important to use these resources to meet today’s needs without compromising the needs of the future; the very definition of the word “sustainable.”

Last Update June 1, 2011 | (c) Edward S. Gorleski | All Rights Reserved