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Design is fundamental to Architecture. A designer works under a large variety of constraints.

Specific Areas of Design

Building Types

Building Areas and Systems

General Principles

General Design Principles

Factors to Consider in Design

Owner Requirements

Sometimes the property owner, user, and client are all the same person or entity. When they are not, it is the designers responsibility to assess the individual needs of these and all entities and determine how to best accomplish all of their individual goals. The property owner is typically concerned with the long term value of their property, relationships with neighbors, and profitability of their investment. For almost all projects, the owner will need to approve of any work being done to their property.

User Requirements

Client Requirements


Public Good

Material Constraints

Local Codes and Ordinances

Local codes and ordinances are usually grouped into two categories. 1) Modifications or amendments to the regional or national building codes; 2) zoning and planning regulations. The local government typically acts as the lead agency to process, review, and approve entitlements and building permits.

Regional Codes and Ordinances

National Codes and Ordinances