What is Design Development?

Design development is considered the pragmatic phase of architectural design. Now that we have the overall layout and aesthetics of the project from the schematic phase, it’s time to make the project “buildable.” This phase primary focuses on adjustments to the schematic design to allow products and elements to be assembled together. This phase of design is also the phase in which other 3rd party design professionals work with us to create a complete package.  

 

Interior Design

Now that the overall layout has been created it is time to dive into the details regarding finishes, fixtures, and equipment. The architect typically provides the broad placement and organization of elements such as cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures while the interior design team will select the specific products to be used. This usually includes interior finishes, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures. 

Structural Engineering

This stage of design is perfect for the structural engineer to get involved. On more complex projects structural engineers work with is to design the structure. This process is typically done through back and forth collaboration in which the structural engineer will perform calculations and structural design suggestions for the architect. The architect will then review the proposed structure looking for layout, aesthetic, and systems (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) conflicts.

 

MEP Engineering

While structural engineers design the structure, the mechanical and electrical engineers design the systems. Depending on the building use, size, and insulation value of the elements will determine the size and configuration of the mechanical systems. The mechanical systems will then inform the layout and size of plumbing and electrical elements in combination with fixture information from the interior design. Our team works to coordinate theses design efforts and avoid conflicts between this new information and information already present in the design.    

Architectural Pragmatism

Architectural pragmatism encompasses all the other design professionals and more. For example, the structural engineer typically designs the structure related to sizing and configuration of structural elements. In house we work through the position and connection of the structural elements with all other elements. In addition to element position and connection we also provide design of thermal protection, moisture protection, product selections such as windows, exterior finish, and more.