The design of buildings is more than just architecture. It is an investment in people and a community. A responsive architectural design must incorporate the aspirations and hopes of the owner as well as those of the community. Essential to the architectural process is sensitivity to design issues of both the client and community. The design of a building is an evolutionary process that requires authorship of all the participants.
A common problem in community-oriented developments is designing too soon. The architects must first be a good listener. Familiarity must be established with the site and surrounding areas. The design team will need to recognize and respond to several fundamental issues, such as, existing character, historical issues, circulation, traffic, social service, recreation, and security. Critical for a community, the participatory process allows stakeholders to express their concerns and propose goals for a livable environment. The community is empowered by a great understanding of the proposed project and the ability to effect a change.
The success of a project is contingent on the acceptance and support of the community. The process should remain flexible and evolutionary; allowing the design to respond in a meaningful way. Projects also need to respond to market forces.
Building markets today demand a realistic design that is capable of being constructed in an affordable and timely manner. Each project is approached in a comprehensive professional manner, considering the client’s needs, budget and time limitation. An architectural design is developed utilizing practical and economical methods for project implementation