Define the Problem : You can’t find a solution, until you can spell out what the problem is. Architects work with the client to define the project.
Gather Information : Once the problem is defined, architects will spend time gathering information to help them understand the neighborhood, the site, the users of the building, any existing buildings. Typically this means taking photographs, sketching, and interviewing the client.
During this stage of the process, architects may begin sketching or making diagrams to help them understand how all the data and information they’ve collected may impact the design of the building. These early drawings - which may include bubble diagrams, for example, will help the architects document their ideas, because it’s likely the solution will change as they go along.
No solution is perfect the first time around, so it’s critical that the architects continue the discussion with the client to receive feedback.