A systematic problem has shaped the built environment we all partake in. Designers and architects solely see their responsibility as creating designs, without understanding them. By ending the design process at the delivery of a set of drawings, designers miss the most crucial part of a building: its occupancy.
TRADITIONAL DESIGN RESPONSIBILITY
START WITH THE OUTCOME
Our design framework reverses the paradigm for traditional design practices. Instead of starting design with the form or the site, we start by defining outcomes. What are the goals of the project? Who are the key stakeholders of the building? Why is the project important to the community at large? Once we understand the goal outcomes, we utilize a diversity of disciplines to identify different paths to the result. The translation and collaboration of evidence for design across disciplines sets the foundation for our design.
The built environment influences every aspect of our lives, so we require a multidisciplinary team that can understand the built environment and its impacts. Our teams are comprised of designers, health experts, environmental advocates, community leaders, construction experts, and more. We all have a stake in our built environment and we shape our design process as a collaboration.
The final step of our process is examining the impact of our design. Our impact evaluation framework is curtailed for each individual project to communicate to the client and the community how the design matched the outcomes. The design process does not end at the delivery of the design; rather, it begins with the determination of its outcomes. This is a constantly evolving process. At Impact Design Collaborative, “post-occupancy” is not the end of our responsibility.