Students enrolled in the School of Interior Architecture Design,one of many programs offered at the Academy of Art University, were given a informative presentation about the design process, by Lynn Jones. Lynn Jones works as a curriculum specialist within the university. She informed students about the five phases involved in designing a usable space for a client.
Phase one is information gathering. The designer will analyze the client’s needs and desires, define existing conditions, develop a broad concept statement and access corporate culture or personal style. Reviewing the information with the client and getting their approval is the last part of this phase.
Schematic and Conceptual Design is phase two. A broad based design and a general space utilization plan are apart of this phase. The details concerning the matrices of rooms or building floors would be considered, a 3-D environment visual aid is created, and the initial furniture, fixtures and equipment are decided on.
Contract documentation is the focus of phase four. During this phase specific details of the building space are decided, such as paint color and fabrics that may be used to cover furniture. Construction drawings would be done in this phase, also.
Phase five involves the designer visiting the job site regularly. Regular visits allow the designer to see what parts of the architectural designs are working and which ones are not. Jones stated it is cheaper to make changes during this time. It’s also important to visit after the project is finished to determine if everything works and blends together as designed.
The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 by Richard Stephens. It offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 25 subjects. The university is located in San Francisco, California. It is the largest privately owned university in the United States.