How is an Architectural Designing Process carried out?

Proper planning gets the job done efficiently and effectively. Building anything from the very scratch be it a building, a warehouse, a mall, a parking lot, a residential house, a hotel or any commercial and/or residential physical infrastructure is a taxing and a lengthy process. 


From architects to contractors to engineers, a lot of people work on the commissioning of a physical structure. Thus, a Project Management consultancy company is your best bet, to help you guide through the hectic task of designing. A proper chalked out plan, with step to step guidance makes the project management easy. 


What are the stages of architectural design process?


If you are looking for what the designing process is and what all are the inclusions in the stages of the architectural designing process, look no more. You’re at the right place to have the answers to all your questions. A structured designing process consists of :


Schematic Designing 


The first and foremost step in the phases of the architectural designing process includes sketching out the rough drafts of multiple architectural designs for the client to shortlist from. In this step the very basic and raw building design such as building cross section, floor plans, wall section, elevation structure and so on is drawn and presented to the client and further analysis is carried out according to the client’s aesthetic preferences. Frequent meetings are carried out between the designer and the client to brainstorm ideas and proceed further after finalising the sketch of the desired building structure. This step basically incorporates activities like:

  • Client meetings

  • Field survey of the proposed land for the construction

  • Drafting designs 

  • Photographs and Measurements 

  • Cost estimation

  • Proposing alterations 

  • Negotiations


Design Development 


The next step in the stages of the architectural designing process is to finalise the most feasible and appropriate structure for the final designing. If the client hasn’t been able to pick one of the several options available to them, now is the time to do so. 


Our team of experts are there to help you with that, no worries! From hereon, the designers start to work on the general stuff like adding doors, windows, material to be used and other structures to the pre-finalized design. This step further includes :


  • Revising the schematic design
  • Cost revision if there are any changes in the schematic design 
  • Floor plans with specific plumbing openings 
  • Overall dimensions 
  • Additional building sections 
  • Typical designs 
  • Any further additions and/or deductions.


Hereon, we have finalised the structural design with written measurements.    


Construction Drawing  


The third step is about preparing financial, technical and structural blueprints to be presented for bidding, construction and permit application. Other project related specifications and notes are also taken down after the designer has finalised the design approved by the client. This phase of the architectural designing process gives a green signal to the architects and the constructors to proceed further with the bidding and final construction beginning steps. The main area of focus in this step is :

  • Fully annotated floor plan
  • Exterior elevation plan 
  • All dimensions
  • Walls, doors, rooms fully annotated
  • General notes and specifications
  • All sections needed for building 
  • All details mentioned 
  • Plumbing schedule, details and notes
  • HVAC plans, details and notes
  • Electrical power and lighting schedule, details and notes
  • Other structural details, plans and notes  


We move on to the next step of bidding. 


Bidding Phase  


We have finally reached the simplest, though not the last, step of the phases of the architectural designing process. This step basically involves the architectural designer to be vigilant, responsive and active towards the client as well as the bidder. 

The ultimate goal is to find a construction company - keeping in mind their level of expertise, their market reputation and budget proposed by both the parties. The designer can help the client bag the best possible construction deal, help the client compare various construction contracts at their disposal and make a fair and profitable choice. 

This way the clients can be assured that they are getting a fair deal with the contractors having the entire finalised blueprint and thus, accordingly, are receiving the best bid for their project. Having a project management consultancy company by your side can help you juggle with your tasks hassle-free. 


Construction Phase 


At last, the construction begins. The fifth and the last step involves, first of all, finalising the contractor and completion of the documentation procedure. Construction administration is very important to ensure that the construction is going on smoothly, on time and the building is being built in compliance to the blueprints discussed and finalised beforehand. 

Construction administration requires active presence of the designer who is the intermediary between the client and the construction company. The role of the architectural designer over here involves regular visits to the construction site, taking notes of any sort of deviations and, if they arise, how to solve them. 

As you might have seen by now, the stages of an architectural designing process is a complicated and challenging process. Having a team of designers, architects and other concerned professionals could help you ease out the process to a large extent. 

We at Kamtech are glad to provide you with all sorts of project management consultancy services. Our competent and creative team is actively present to guide you through the phases of an architectural designing process.

Saksham Gupta CTO, Director

An engineering graduate from Germany, specializations include Artificial Intelligence, Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality and Digital Transformation. Have experience working with Mercedes in the field of digital transformation and data analytics. Currently heading the European branch office of Kamtech, responsible for digital transformation, VR/AR/MR projects, AI/ML projects, technology transfer between EU and India and International Partnerships.

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