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What, you might ask, is a Schematic Design?

What, you might ask, is a Schematic Design?

Once the owner and architect have an approved program (the list of elements desired in the project) and a concept, the Schematic Design synthesizes the these into a defined, feasible design. The design is shown in the form of Schematic Drawings, including all significant areas of design and will be reviewed with the client before proceeding with more detailed drawings. A preliminary cost estimate is also provided at this stage.

This phase includes the following:

  • Preliminary building floor plans, sections, and elevations to determine space dimensions, areas, and volumes.
  • Sketches and site plans showing circulation, uses, relationships of spaces.
  • Room layout
  • Preliminary material choices.
  • Preliminary landscape concepts.
  • Preliminary outdoor area layout.
  • Preliminary mechanical, electrical, and plumbing needs.
  • Preliminary civil engineering questions (paving, grading, drainage, etc.) and structural engineering questions (structural system, soils, etc.).
  • Coordination with engineering, landscape, and other consultants as necessary (structural, mechanical, electrical, landscape, civil engineers, etc.).
  • Code research and coordination with regulating and permitting agencies.
  • Preliminary cost estimate.
  • Review and revise with owner.



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