A concept is an idea, a theory or notion, but in architecture we could also describe a concept as ‘an approach’ to the design.
Conceptual design at PRP Architects in Lexington, Kentucky deals with the big ideas for the project. It shows the overall design intent and provides direction for everyone on the project team from the early schematic design phase all the way through construction. Conceptual design can be described as an: idea, notion, opinion, abstraction, philosophy, belief, inspiration, thought, intention, theory, image, plan or hypothesis. At the very beginning of the project, PRP Architects spend a lot of time collecting information. In our pre-design | discovery phase, we gather as much information about the project as we can by asking questions and reviewing the information provided to us. During the conceptual design phase you can expect to discuss architectural ideas and spatial planning through loose sketches and rough models.
Conceptual design is the basic DNA of a project. It is the big picture idea for the project. It shows the overall design intent and provides direction for everyone on the project team from the early schematic design phase all the way through construction. When you can summarize your project into a well-thought-out design concept, you can actually do less thinking later because all the big decisions have already been made and you know they meet your project requirements. All you have to do is follow the plan. Good conceptual design solves big complex problems. Conceptual design can include a preliminary selection of materials and finishes. PRP can also coordinate the preparation of a preliminary estimate of the cost of works during this stage of design. We may also prepare digital 3D models to assist with understanding the spatial qualities of the design.
Conceptual design can evolve as the design grows. Architectural concepts are our PRP designers’ way of responding to design situations presented to us. They are a means of translating the non-physical design problem into the physical building product. Every project will have critical issues, central themes or problem essences, and the general issues of designing a building can be approached in a number of ways.
If we don’t get the conceptual design right at PRP Architects, it could cause problems as we continue our design process and may ultimately jeopardize the entire project. On the other hand, when PRP Architects successfully execute the conceptual design, it will catapult the project to another level. That often makes design conception the most important, exciting, and in many cases, the most challenging part of the entire architectural process.
With conceptual design, applying an integrated design approach to the project during the planning and programming phases requires individuals to continue to interact closely throughout the design process. Client involvement is critical to the success of the design process. PRP Architects provides information to clients, allowing them to make decisions regarding their current needs and what to be planning for in the future by helping them develop rough budgeting for implementation. Programming at the individual project level provides specific, detailed information to guide building design.
When it comes to conceptual design, PRP guides you along a unique path to create your vision. As problem solvers, we listen to our clients’ needs and bring their vision to life. To learn more about PRP Architects, located in Lexington, Kentucky, call us at (859) 268-1720.