Why We Diagram

Why Diagram?

Diagramming is the singular type of representation that can translate organizational ideas into geometric patterns. It is an exercise somewhat unique to Architecture. Concerns of the circulation, program, context, and environment, combine in geometric forms to communicate implementable design ideas.

We employ an evidence based approach to design, which requires focused ideas relevant to each project. In consultation with our clients, IntuArch defines the most pertinent goals for a project, and logically deploys them throughout the design phases.

Diagrams can often be separated into consecutive or cumulative drawings, which are each shown simplified to their core components. Diagrams can be constructed for different elements of a project, and can be generated as two or three dimensional representations.

Efficacy in Design

Efficacy is the capacity of a design component to produce a desired outcome. Often, this idea is referred to as adding “value” to a project by implementing design strategies with greater impact. Through the process of diagramming, IntuArch transcribes these abstract concepts into buildable forms.

Efficacy is a dynamic force, “the ability for an intervention to produce a desired effect.” For example, an entrance may be designed to accommodate a large number of people. But, is the entrance to the building in an ideal location? Is it obvious to someone who approaches? Did this doorway increase the engineering budget? Is the door positioned to minimize adverse climatic conditions? Good design produces solutions that incorporate simultaneous problem solving.

Well conceived and intelligent buildings arise from considered debate, thoughtful creativity, consistent teamwork, economic viability, programmatic clarity, and reasoned design.