SHORT # 1 | Stages or Phases of Architectural Design | Design Hustle

SHorts by Design Hustle is a quick-fire series where I try to take on an architectural topic and add value in under 90 seconds: EPISODE 01: Stages or Phases in Architectural Design You must have heard Architects talk about architectural phases or stages. In this video, ill try to break down all the phases, under 90 seconds!

(In this video, we are not accounting for the pre-design phase that includes feasibility and other studies.)

1. Schematic Design or SD :

In this phase, the architect establishes the size, location, basic planning and relationships between form and spaces to which the client must agree to. Includes simples plans, elevations, and 3d images. Accounts to about 10% to 15% of the total project time.

2. Design Development or DD 

The plan matures into a more detailed diagram. Other consultants from structure, plumbing, electrical, heating/ventilation systems, or other systems are engaged to the project. Accounts to about 15% to 25% of the total project time

3. Construction Documents or CD

The most work-intensive phase of the project where all consultants finalize technical drawings and details. The working set has to be made approval ready from local authorities. This phase accounts for about 35% to 40% of the total project time.

4. Bidding    

The drawing goes out to building contractors who bid on the project. The architect coordinates with all parties to ensure a contractor is selected. 5. Construction Administration  This is a post-contract phase where the architect supervises contractors work on site and coordinates with all the consultants involved. The architect stays on the project until the building is complete. This phase takes about 20% of the total project time, depending upon the size of the project.

DONE! All under 90 seconds!


Design Hustle is a creative and educational video series produced by AGEN-C Khan from Bern, Switzerland. Founder Ali Rahman Khan shares learnings from design, architecture, and entrepreneurship with a global audience. A practicing architect in Switzerland and the co-founder of a technology start-up based in Pakistan. Khan founded Design Hustle to document the countless interactions he has with inspirational leaders from different fields who are willing to share their expertise with other architects, designers, and entrepreneurs. Of course, he doesn`t shy away from sharing his experiences, learnings, and point of view with the audience as well.


Info-360 is an Online Architecture Projects Directory which has evolved into a Complete Portal to Pakistan Architecture, Construction , Real Estate and Academics. It was Started Back in 2014 by Architect Abdul Ahad ,Graduated from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore . The Idea Behind info-360 is to provide a single platform for Architects,Contractors ,Students to Display their work and Business Profile and to create a 1- Stop Information source for Visitors.

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