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Phase II: Schematic Design (SD)

Goal: utilizing the criteria established in Research, we graphically explore alternative design concepts. Then present these options to the owner and narrow them down to one preferred concept.

Fee Breakdown: 15-25% of the total fee


Schematic design typically begins in rough form as sketches, floor plan studies, and/or quick models. Several owner/architect meetings are typical during this phase to make decisions and determine a design direction.


At the end of this phase it is common to have the following documents:

  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plans
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Sections
  • Area Analysis
  • Renderings and/or Model
  • Preliminary Construction Cost Estimate

The preceding may still be rough in nature at the end of this phase. Their intent is primarily to determine a design direction with which to proceed into the next phase. This is a time to explore options rather than to make absolute decisions.

End of Phase

The Schematic Design phase officially ends when the owner signs off on the drawings, indicating approval of the design up to this point.