Origin’s 5 Steps for Building Design

Have you ever wondered what the design process for a building looks like? Does it feel overwhelming to take the next step to make your ideas a reality?

At Origin Design, our architects have a simple, five-step design process that helps you know what to expect and better understand the process of a building project, from design through construction. 

Step 1.  

Programming: We identify and quantify the spaces you need and want. Add those up, and you have the total square footage for the project.

Step 2.

Schematic Design: This is when we start laying out spaces. We think broadly and make big moves, honing in on a few concepts to help guide the project.

Step 3.

Design Development: Now it’s time to dig into the details. We’ll go room by room to make sure you get exactly what you need.

Step 4.

Construction Documentation: Time to draw! We take all of your ideas and put them into 2-D drawings so the project can be built.

Step 5.

Construction Administration: This is when we verify that your project is being built correctly. The best part? You get to see your ideas come to life! 

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Let’s start a conversation about your next building project.


Zach is an Architect in Origin Design’s Dubuque office. He has design experience on several different project types, including municipal, recreational, commercial and industrial facilities. He has a strong knowledge of Revit Architecture, Google SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop, where he has the ability to produce high quality renderings, giving his clients a sneak peek of their project before it’s constructed.

Zach Thielen, AIA, NCARB


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