The goal of architecture is to create shelter for user interaction and enhance user activities while addressing the specific needs expressed by the client.
The architectural design process focuses on “problem solving” through gathering all information and significant environmental data to shape three-dimensional space in a creative manner consistent with the client’s vision for the project. For the process to be successful, CKJT believes that continued open and interactive communication must take place between the design team and the Owner’s project representatives.
Interactive communication on a project starts with the design team’s analysis of the Owner’s project parameters, and continues through the schematic design, design development and contract document phases.
When possible, CKJT likes to meet and talk with as many of the Owner’s representatives and staff as practical throughout the process. This would include maintenance, custodial, and grounds personnel. While we all know that “you can’t please everybody all the time”, this process of allowing people to be heard has been historically proven to produce greater overall satisfaction with the final project design.
Another important aspect of the design process is the Owner’s approval of our work. The building being designed is for you the client, not the architect. Our clients rely on our expertise to propose and develop solutions that best suit their needs. We understand that these proposed solutions require continual refinement until the client is satisfied with all aspects of the design presented. After fostering this open communication throughout the design phases, we encourage the client’s continued involvement during the construction document phase. This continued communication helps to provide the client a full understanding of all aspects of their project.