How architects can defend their design successfully
Architects create unique designs that help buildings stand out and function properly, but sometimes it is difficult for architects and designers to defend the initial design throughout the several phases a building project goes through. In this blog, we describe several ways architects can defend their design so that it will be applied within a project.Generating support from clients
Architects can get clients on board with their design through several angles: aesthetics, technical specifications, and other topics, like sustainability. We discuss the three angles separately:
1) Defending a design by showing aesthetic value
Architects not only design buildings to be functional, but also to be aesthetically pleasing. For some clients, the aesthetics of a building are highly important. If architects want to convince a client to go with the design they created, they are advised to present the client with as many specifics, as early on as possible. Think about presenting the construction in detailed 3D rendering with rich pictures, since it helps paint a clear and complete picture for clients.
Consider specifying and showing the materials that will be used, for instance. Let’s use tiles as an example, since they have great influence on the look and feel of a building. If the client is presented with a visual concept that contains standard tiles — while in reality tiles with particular aesthetics will be used — they won’t see the added value of the design. However, if the client looks at a design that shows a perfect match between floor and wall tiles — when it contributes to the total design of the building in a positive way — they will see the added value of the design.
2) Defending a design by showing technical value
To some clients, the look and feel of a building isn’t the most important criteria of a building . These types of clients are more concerned with functionality, and probably pricing. If this is the case, then the use of a technical angle is recommended. If an architect proposes high-quality tiles with special properties but doesn’t necessarily explain these properties, the client will just see the tiles as too expensive. But if the architect explains that the tiles have higher durability, wear resistance, and color preservation — keeping the design intact for many years, thus avoiding early replacement and reducing total cost of ownership — the client will be much more inclined to get on board with the design.
3) Defending a design through sustainability
To secure a livable future for the generations to come, sustainable construction is crucial. It is with this in mind, and the general importance of sustainability in our society, thatarchitects are increasingly committing themselves to sustainable design. But how is sustainability a powerful way to defend a design?
Its power is related to the interest that clients and investors have in green buildings — and, consequently, in green building labels.
A green building label enables clients and investors to establish the quality and value — and therefore the competitiveness — of a new building beforehand. Clients and investors will increasingly require buildings to be sustainable because they generate less maintenance and operating costs, and because they represent a higher market value.
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