Design Process

Most traditional architecture firms operate around a somewhat superficial design practice that neglects many deeper aspects of the client’s needs beyond the quantitative specs and parameters. We’ve decided to break the mold and turn this model inside out, creating a completely unique and client-centered design process from which to bring our clients’ projects to life. Good design is so much more than bringing together a set of specs and construction documents. We know that extraordinary spaces and buildings are created through an integrated and in-depth process, where the designer is able to truly understand the client and bring their vision into physical reality.

 

PERFORMATIVE DESIGN PROCESS: This diagram depicts the phases of our unique design process beginning from the initial analysis through to construction.

 



ANALYSIS

It starts with our in-depth analysis phase, where we work with you to understand the many layers and interwoven relationships happening within your project. This goes way beyond the more typical quantitative approach that most firms use – where they look mainly at the size and spatial specs, number of rooms and employees, and so forth.

Through this analysis, we draw out the essence and vibe of your project, ensuring that this is woven through into the design and final built result. With most projects, we then create a detailed Performative Diagram to illustrate the various components and parameters to be brought into the design process. This diagram becomes a dynamic and fully customized roadmap that will guide us through the rest of the design and construction phases.

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ANALYSIS: Detail of the analysis portion of Soluri Architecture’s Design Process

 



PERFORMATIVE DESIGN

As the stages become more complex, this roadmap serves as a solid foundation, a “map in the maze” through the complexities of codes, construction, and the building process. It visually encapsulates the integrated elements of the project, including the dynamic relationships, physical processes, psychology, and specific goals that are most important to weave into the space – at both micro and macro levels. We then use this diagram to develop our architectural designs and documents, working simultaneously in 2D and 3D to bring your integrated project to life.

By constantly referring back to your Performative Diagram as a roadmap for the project, we’re able to ensure the designs we come up with properly reflect the flows, elements, and essence we came up with in the analysis. Using this method gives us freedom from conventional approaches during the design, construction, and value-engineering phases, and helps us create a final building that is truly one-of-a-kind. We’re able to think outside the box and see flows and relationships that might not be apparent in more conventional design processes, an approach that often takes us to new and unexpected places.

Our outcomes are unique and different because we follow this unique methodology and your individual roadmap. From here, our final built projects reflect the unique aspects of each client, becoming extraordinary and distinctive buildings and spaces as a result of our innovative design process.

 

The U.P. Civic Building: An example of our design process

 

 

 

 

 

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