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January 29, 2012

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Architectural design process always starts with a blank page, similar to the process of free-hand sketching, however it is far more complex and thought provoking. That’s a simplified way of looking at what is usually a long and difficult process. Besides analyzing the client’s requirements, the site assets and restrictions, the building code and planning statuary requirements, the non quantifiable considerations must also be part of the analysis.  Many theorists have tried to label a systematic approach to just what is this process of design.  Architects tend to avoid elaborating on the process they take to achieve their final design.  “We leave that to the critics!”

These 2 pages above gives a glimpse of the route I took to develop an image for a 25 storey office building. The plan essentially is a central core ordinary tower plan, where the distance between the elevator core and the curtain wall…

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  1. sketchingdiary permalink

    Isn’t it more boring than free-hand sketching ? no boundary …

    • Free-hand sketching sometimes takes minutes, sometimes hours, but rarely days. Architectural design on the other hand, usually takes days, sometimes weeks, sometimes months and perhaps even years! It all depends on the scope and size of the project. Make no mistake architectural design never comes from an instant eureka discovery! It takes hard work, patience, trial and error, vision, dedication and commitment. Without these personal qualities, yes one may find it difficult and hence boring.

    • This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for writing!

      • Errol Hugh permalink

        While at architecture school most fellow-student believed they could wait for design concepts to ‘fall-from-the-sky’ however those that succeed did so only after hard work.

  2. Unbelievable how well-written and informative this was.

  3. Home run! Great sglugging with that answer!

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