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Last edited 03 Dec 2021
Construction professionals who may be asked for design proposals include:
Design proposals can be drawn up by any of the above acting either as sole designers or in design teams, which may include input from other professional, eg, cost consultants, specialist designers etc.
- A new building.
- Building refurbishment.
- Building alteration.
- Urban design.
- Landscape design.
- Interior design
- Product design
The aim of the design proposal is to gain the approval of clients, or in the case of architectural/design competitions, win approval from the judges. The proposals must give a comprehensive description of what the designer intends in a way that can be understood by the client.
Design proposals will typically aim to:
- Satisfy the client’s criteria such as; energy efficiency, security, privacy, safety, comfort and so on.
- Be informative.
- Be aesthetically appealing.
- Be achievable within the proposed budget and time frame.
- Be buildable ie, feasible from practicable, technical, social, economic standpoints.
- Satisfy planning and other legal requirements.
 Information gathering
Prior to drawing-up and submitting design proposals, designers may meet the client to gather more information about the brief and to ask questions the answers to which may not be readily apparent. This may be followed by the designer conducting their own research to gather more information on the project and possibly about the client. This can be followed by a site visit which can be used to take photographs and measurements, establish site orientation, information about neighbouring properties and any other constraints that may impact the design.
 Presentation formats
Traditionally, design proposals have been presented through drawings (plans, sections, elevations, photographs, sketches, perspectives and axonometrics), scale models and reports. However, the widespread use of computer software has introduced new formats, including computer renderings (2D and 3D), computer models, videos, as well as the more ‘traditional’ PowerPoint-style presentations.
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- Concept design.
- Design coordination.
- Design management.
- Design methodology.
- Design principles.
- Design team.
- Detailed design.
- Manual drafting techniques.
- Mood board.
- Truth to materials.
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