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The design approach architecture

Mawarid Office Building Architecture Design

The various building systems

as developed by the design team form the infrastructure of the architectural form (s). The next step in the design process involves the documentation and coordination of the building systems and the detailing of the various architectural elements and spaces.

We aim to deliver buildings and environments which resonate with both a sense of place and the identity of the client.

We believe that each project must belong to its place and time, tread lightly on the environment, and inspire its users. As designers and collaborators, the process of engagement with many stakeholders shapes our projects and how we work. Through partnerships with clients, interdisciplinary teams of consultants, and communities, we maintain a holistic approach, built upon the exchange of ideas resulting in design excellence.

Innovating high-performance approaches that work with the building program, site, and budget.

Here are a few of these principles:

1- Design to please my lecturer. Incentive: Fear of bad evaluation/marks.

2- Compensate for weakness. Example: You are weak when it comes to site analysis and choose to double your effort elsewhere to compensate.

3- Improve based solely on feedback. Example: You feel overwhelmed and always seem to be criticized, and end up reactively improving as opposed to actively.

4- Literature bias. Example: You read too much and have not practiced critical appraisal to form an original view. In engineering, math and physics govern right and wrong, they are judge, jury and executioner. In architecture you inject your values, principles, taste, & aspirations into your work/design. There is no ‘right or wrong’, the design is only as strong or ‘right’, as your reasons when defending it.

5- Tunnel vision. Example: You find an aspect of the architectural design process more appealing than others. Let’s take energy efficiency for example, you’ve decided your guiding philosophy for this project is to increase your energy efficiency and find it fascinating. You found your ‘thing, and then spend an enormous amount of time trying to outshine other proposals by how good your ‘thing’ is. And in the process you lose sight of the big picture.

6- Overconfidence. Example: With literature bias you have read too much, but in this instance you have not read enough. You might decide that you want to mimic a famous architects style (which is fine), but you have not fully absorbed what makes that style necessary and in what context it is required. You use whatever information you’ve read about that style when defending your design, only to be confused by how your lecturers are criticizing work similar to that of an acclaimed architect. You did not critically analyze what their intent was, working backwards from their design, to the solutions they proposed, to the initial problems they faced.

These are just a few pitfalls that I can recall off the top of my head. If I were to put my answer into one sentence, then the best approach would be to avoid one or more of the above.

Approaches to the design

There are several areas the designer may focus on at the early stages of design that will begin to inform the concept and direction. These areas may be drawn upon throughout the project, weaved into one another, as the project develops. The approaches can be categorized as:

  • Functional
  • Material
  • Contextual
  • Conceptual
  • Formal
  • Collaborative
  • Philosophical

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