What is the architectural program? Occasionally referred to as the “brief”, the program is the first step in a project when working with a professional.
In the programming phase of a project, your needs and goals will be discussed and documented in a list form. Not only will you discuss the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need but also topics like morning sun, outdoor views, budgets, architectural style and beyond. Bubble diagrams might be used to consider proximity of spaces, site strategy, circulation and views.
On the surface this process seems easy and straightforward. However, more often than not “wish lists” tend to have conflicts. Open and honest discussions about your wants, needs and goals will help an architect create an effective design solution. Professionals know how to ask the right questions about what your life is like today and how it might look in the future.