Project Phasing

Three “Stages”

The traditional Architectural process is usually referred to as 4 “phases” of design: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration. This traditional arrangement fails to accommodate the contemporary production schedules of projects in the 21st Century. At IntuArch, we have analyzed the process to create three distinct “stages” (which incorporate the traditional phases), to reflect the present-day realities of project schedules.

[A] The earliest stage in a project metamorphosis is about creating the signature ideas for the project. This investigative stage involves a speculative creative process whereby assessment of the program and site leads to the visualization of a design, a building’s intelligent geometry. This stage typically incorporates the entitlements process, ensuring a project design that complies with jurisdictional authorities and other stakeholders.

[B] It is important for the project’s design goals to be strong and concise. As IntuArch moves into the Drawing Production stage, adherence to these design goals remains a primary focus. At all milestones, IntuArch ensures sound reasoning for design decisions. In consultation with our Clients, design strategies are implemented vigilantly to further project goals.

[C] During the final stage, Construction, Architects serve as agents of our Clients to observe the construction, and to ensure adherance to project details.


Project Complexity

Architects offer a service, guiding a client’s needs into a finished product. In California, the path to a project’s approval and construction can be impaired by a lengthy and burdensome approval process. IntuArch is well-positioned to navigate the complex requirements.

Building + Safety
The “Life and Safety” portion of government mandated requirements
• Building Code (Egress, Building Size, Accessibility)
• Fire Code
• Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Code
• Green Building + Energy Code

City Planning
Local governmental controls on the massing and occupancies allowed at a particular plot
• Municipality Zoning Ordinance
• Strategic, General, Community, and Specfic Plans
• Parking, Landscape, Circulation Requirements
• Community Housing Plans

Other Jurisdictional Reviews
• Municipality Design Guidelines
• Architectural Review Boards
• Departmental Review Boards
• Environmental Review
• Neighborhood Councils
• State Commisions (Air, Coast, Water, Wildlife)