Last edited 30 Sep 2014

Brief considerations

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See also: Briefing documents for building design. These articles should be combined.


The brief represents the desired project outcomes. It is important to understand that the brief is an evolving document developed through an iterative process. Briefing will run in parallel to the assembly of the project team as the project requirements are clarified, and the need for any specialist input identified.

[edit] Plan of work stage 0: Strategic brief.

  • Establish client's expectations and motives and the outline project objectives.
  • Test the client's business case and desired outcomes.
  • Assess whether the budget is sufficient to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Question the project fundamentals, such as the choice of site, the decision to build as opposed to refurbishing or doing nothing. Is there a better way to meet the client's objectives?
  • Establish design quality indicators (DQI's) appropriate to the project.
  • Identify the project decision makers.

The output of this stage forms the basis for feasibility studies. The strategic brief should be formalised and signed off by client.

[edit] Plan of work stage 1: Initial project brief.

The initial project brief should be formalised as it will form the basis of work for stage 2.

[edit] Plan of work stage 2: Final project brief.