One of the essential roles that architects are trained to fulfil is taking a clients brief and developing it creatively. Developing a brief is a crucial starting point of design to achieving a clear objective, well structured and financed plan of work. When architects are involved early in the planning stage they have an opportunity to create a much more enriched brief as they will have a greater understanding of the clients needs and the nature of the project
Setting out a development/design brief:
Before any design work is undertaken it is important that a development/design brief is in place.
A good design brief provides a platform for buildings to be used;
-More Efficiently – so that space can be utilised in the best approach possible with minimum wasted space.
-Effectively – in a way that allows the building to be socially sustainable.
-Expressively – within the built environment to the value of society.
-With Purpose –giving the building’s function and placement significant, accessible and prosperous.
Good briefing provides all involved professionals with a greater understanding of the desired outcomes and the responsibilities towards achieving those.
Briefing – A six step process
1. Scope Definition of breadth, focus, scope and parameters of the briefing project
2. Role Statement describing what the user organisation (public, community, city authority, etc.) is for
3. Activities -Activity statement is a description of what will go on in the building
4. Draft requirements Includes a space budget listing functional requirements, also spatial relationships
5. Testing Where ‘ideal’ requirements are tested against real world constraints (Not least the project & construction budgets)
6. Approval This authorises the final brief document to go forward as the basis for design
Types of Briefing
There are a number of different types of brief and depending on the type of project being carried out, a suitable brief type should be selected.
Types of Brief :
Urban Brief (Master-plan)
Urban Brief (Master-plan)
Master-plan briefs are a lot more complex to other briefs as it relates to the design of an entire urban environment. When master-planning is occurring there generally is a high community involvement so creating a brief that satisfy all parties is near impossible.
An approach when setting out an urban brief is to :
• Identify the range of stakeholders and their expectations
•Set out the conditions, constraints and opportunities for the site
•Test alternative uses and design strategies to meet the different expectations
•Focus on an achievable vision by presenting precedents of best practice
•Establish goals,objectives and a plan of action
The Strategic Brief
The aim of the strategic brief...