IHBC members may find a useful introduction to the thorny subject ‘Building Design’ in an article on Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW), and as it can be edited, anyone with special skills, interests or concerns on the topic may add to the content too, such as on design and conservation issues, enhancing their own CPD as well as extending their professional profile .
On ‘design development’, for example, the article notes:
The design process is an iterative one, passing through a number of stages, during which the client’s requirements are clarified, options assessed, designs developed, designs reviewed, progress approved, a decision taken to move to the next stage. Certain aspects of the project are ‘frozen’ at each stage and change control procedures introduced.
Typically, the stages of design are described as:
- Concept design(outline design or scheme design).
- Detailed design.
- Technical design.
- Production information.
See Comparison of work stages for more information.
The stages which precede concept design typically involve developing the brief, assessing options and carrying out feasibility studies. Whilst these stages might include the preparation of diagrams for the purpose of assessment, they do not involve design as such.
Design reviews should be co-ordinated by the lead designer. Design reviews might include consideration of (amongst other things) design quality, value management, design risk assessment and project risk assessment. See Design review for more information.
For more see DBW