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Top 3 Questions to Drive Extraordinary Concept Design

The phase during your architectural project when you have the most leverage is during your concept design phase. Ideas, design decisions, and iterative changes made at this stage take less effort, cost, and time. But there is a critical driver behind the concept design phase, and it is your “creative vision”.

Creative vision fuels your architectural design from its concept phase through to its post-construction phase. If properly conceived, your creative vision for a
project helps...

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Use the “Gradation Method” to Design Architecture for True Happiness

BEYOND “ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL”

When designing environments, do you adhere to a “one-size-fits-all” approach? Or do you try to personalize your environments for individual building occupants? Many designers use technology to help with the personalization of a design; yet, there is also another approach to consider that, when coupled with technology, can strengthen your design even further. This approach is what I call the “Gradation Method”.

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Unlock the Potential of Your Most-Used Design Tool

ANALYZE TOOL IMPACT

When designing, you use many tools to help derive and realize your creative vision. Yet, it is likely that you gravitate toward certain design tools more than others. And you most likely have a “go-to” design tool that you use more than any other. For some architectural designers, this tool may be a 3D visualization tool, a BIM tool, or a drafting tool. For others, it may be the tool one uses to create physical models of their creative concept and vision....

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Top 3 Ways Design Becomes a Global Collaboration

SEEING BEYOND THE LOCAL

It is important for architectural designers to each do their best as they work to solve for local and project-specific challenges, and reach their own vision and goals for a given project. But it is also important for architects to take a more global approach to design – where each project becomes a piece of a larger, more global, puzzle system. Yes, a design project can do its part to solve for local challenges, and can even do its part to create new local...

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Know When Your Project is Complete: From Satisfaction to Fulfillment

A SURPRISING QUESTION

I was surprised by the number one question architects asked me during a recent survey I conducted. They wanted to know “Should I ever be completely satisfied with my architectural design project? And how do I know when to be satisfied with it?” These are both very good questions, and they each led me to think even more deeply about my own creative design process. The following is how I think about design project completion and satisfaction.

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How to Know When You Find the Right Design Solution

STEP 1: EMERGENCE OF A CONVERGENCE POINT SOLUTION

As you work your way through the all-important design concept phase, how do you assess the quality of your design concept? There are numerous aspects you can base a design concept’s success upon. For instance, how well does your design concept meet the needs and goals of its future building occupants? Or, how well does your concept solve for your client’s needs and requirements? And, how does your design concept add to the...

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How to Create Unique Design Ideas that Push Boundaries

THE CREATIVE WALL

When working on design projects that always require high levels of creativity, there are times when designers hit a creative “wall”. This wall is not the same as having a complete creative block. Instead, this is a creative wall that seems to limit or cap further innovation. For example, have you ever felt that you were running out of creativity – where a sense of boredom or lack of excitement about your work surfaced? If so, you are not alone. Many...

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How to Add Depth to Design Experience Using In/Visibility

THE IMPORTANCE OF IN/VISIBILITY

Some architectural design features are meant to be the focus of attention, and their visibility makes the spatial experience an unforgettable one. Yet, other architectural design features are meant to be invisible, where they are purposefully designed to recede into the background. For example, when looking through a window, there are times when one would want the window to be accentuated so it frames or makes a statement about the view. Yet, when looking...

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Top 5 Ways to Spark Your Initial Creative Design Idea

For so many, great change-making design ideas seem elusive. Just how does one find that initial spark that launches an entire project around a game-changing idea? Really, it can happen in unlimited ways, but the following five idea generating methods are the most common that I have experienced, and seen other designers experience as well.

· THE VISUALIZATION IDEA: This way of sparking an idea is derived from an initial glimpse into a unique design solution that evolves into...

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How to Achieve Peak Creativity Quickly

When facing a complex design challenge, how do you find creative ways to solve for it quickly? Often, such complex challenges come with quick deadlines or with solutions that take too long to find and implement. In situations like these, you need to be at peak creative levels while also engaging with that creativity fast.

 For example, just imagine working to create an architectural design concept to be entered into a competition. You need to analyze the design challenge, solve for it...

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