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What Is Design Development (DD) In Architecture?

Brenna Koeneke
Publication date:
July 28, 2022
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What Is Design Development (DD) In Architecture?

The architecture design process involves five phases: schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and construction administration. Design development is critical to the success of any construction project management plan, as it helps turn a vacant lot or preexisting building into the vision that the owner has for the property. The design development phase executes the schematic design phase and further refines the details that were initially established. Construction documents such as blueprints and technical specifications are executed, and the fourth phase is bidding to connect the construction company with the designer and owner. Finally, the designer oversees the work to make sure the construction administration conforms to the plans.

Connecting with the right contractor is essential for a successful construction project. The design development phase of the architecture design process is made up of various documents that define the parameters of the project. These documents include civil drawings, architectural drawings, structural drawings and mechanical drawings. The main purpose of the design development is to define and develop the important aspects of the project, such as the exterior and interior of the building, layouts, room sizes and materials. Engineers also contribute to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and electrical systems. An updated cost estimation is often done at this phase, but the design development isn't a specification book.


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Brenna Koeneke
What Is Design Development (DD) In Architecture?
July 28, 2022
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