Process

We tailor our process for projects to suit the specific needs of each client, brief and site.  We are a nimble studio that draws upon our network of collaborators and specialist consultants to form a team suited to the tasks at hand. 

Our studio places strong emphasis on design excellence and therefore works with hand drawing, physical model making and 3D modelling in the computer to explore design opportunities and outcomes. It is this creative rigour that differentiates us. By combining design mediums your project will be thoroughly spatially explored.

We present to our clients throughout the design process to gain their feedback and input into the design.

We believe that detailed site analysis along with well considered concept design and design development in the early stages of a project will lead to much better outcomes that will be realised throughout the entire life of the building project. We believe it is important to invest in the early stages of design because good design can provide the most cost-effective, sustainable and desirable outcome.

General types of design processes:

  • Feasibility Studies: where we assess a building or a site for its potential uses before a design brief is established

  • Concept Design: this is where we use hand-drawing, physical model making and 3D modelling to develop design options

  • Design Development: we continue using 3D modelling to test ideas and spaces and to refine the design

  • Complying Development Certificate

  • Development Application

  • Construction Certificate

  • Tendering documentation

  • Services during construction

Here is a summary of typical stages in a building project. It is provided for general information purposes. A more detailed break-down of our process is developed for each project we are engaged for.

Stage 1A: Assessment of current design, feasibility, and base 3D model
 

  • Development of a detailed design brief

  • Documenting the existing building

  • Site analysis

  • Review and analysis of relevant Council codes and requirements for the site

Stage 1B: Preliminary concept and general advice
 

  • Design concept sketches and images

  • General advice

  • Client meeting and discussion about the direction moving forward

Stage 2A: Development of design
 

  • Evolution and refinement of the primary scheme based on the discussion in Stage 1B

  • Client meeting and discussion about the direction moving forward

Stage 2B: Review and finalisation of design
 

  • Optional pre-DA application with Council

  • Optional consultation with structural engineering

  • Optional builder feedback

  • Coordination of required consultants, as required

  • Client meeting and discussion about the direction moving forward

Stage 3: Development Application drawings (or Complying Development/Exempt Development)
 

  • Preparation of drawings and documents for submission to the Council or relevant authority

  • Continued refinement of the design

  • Coordinating the submission process

 

Stage 4: Council DA approval process (or other relevant approval process)

 

Stage 5A: Post-DA/CDC design development, tender package preparation, Construction Certificate

Stage 5B: Tendering process, construction preparation

 

Stage 6: Construction