What are the steps involved in the designing process? Do these steps determine the stability of the final product?
As I see it the design process in architecture begins with the study of the shape and ends with a complete detailed design that will make the building what it must be.
There are a few steps that are critical:1. Study or object creation process - where the discussion "form follows function" or "function follows form" happens.2. Preliminary Design - where materials and solutions are chosen in general mostly as intentions(here there is a 2.1 step we use that is a lengthy discussion with the client and stakeholders on budget and solutions as we mostly are limited to a set financial package) 3. Advanced Design - where all discussions done on 2.1 are set "in stone" and a final budget analysis is done. A "preliminary design plus".4. Construction Documents - detailed set of information that will turn into a building one day.
In Mozambique, where we are, this involves ALL parties required to do the project (Architect, Engineer, etc). As such it should end on a solid final product ready to be erected.
Good steps, Nuno. We pretty much follow these steps at Home Planning SW (www.homeplanningsw.co.uk) in our design process. Initially, however, we give immediate importance to the schematic design because it helps us define design a plan with a comprehensive scope, budget, and schedule before an architectural design project is submitted for approval. We always consult with the clients to determine their project goals and visions.