How to prepare for a first date with your architect

May 23, 2019

First dates can be stressful.
To make it less awkward I have decided to give you a few ideas of things you can prepare in advance in order to make it into a successful meeting and will make your architect love you more!



Part A – your vision


You have in mind an idea of what you want: what are the best ways to show it?

Here are a few suggestions ways to communicate your vision:


Mood board

1.  Images – inspiration


As architects we are visual beings. That’s why a visual reference images are one of the best ways to communicate ideas. I would recommend creating a 10-15 images mood board.
But wait, making a Pinterest board is not enough.
The important thing is what do you like about the image?
it’s not enough to say “this is beautiful” – explain what in the image you found beautiful?
Is it the high ceilings? The materials? The light? Colors? That will help us understand better your visual language and taste.










2. List of spaces


Or in other name- Functions list.
It’s a list of spaces that your project is made of.
That includes everything you can think of: from the receptions desk to the laundry room, from the VIP suite to the supplier’s excess.there is an important practice I suggest to my clients to do in order to create this list in the most detailed way: Architectural user experience practice


3. Dynamics


Take your list of spaces and divide it into half:
What have to be next to each other for example kitchen and pantry,
What can’t be? For example, technical system room next to the yoga Shala.
I remember staying in a hostel in Mexico, where the cool bar with the live music was right over my bedroom ceiling… after 1 am I stopped thinking it was cool and just wished the music to be finished!

How do these functions interact with each other? Do you prefer the children’s bedroom next to the master bedroom? Or in the other side of the common area? from there, you can create a Bubble scheme and this is one of the basic pieces of information that will help to create the layout plan of your project!



Part B – practical aspect 


Project presentation

1. Define the purpose


What do you wish to receive in the end of the process?
Defining the purpose will help to make the design process more efficient and focused.

  • Investors presentation:
    If you wish to develop a concept before reaching out to business partners or raising funds,
    in this case the design will focus in the presentation aspect. 3D visuals, colored plans and views.
    Most people can’t read plans, I highly recommend showing a 3D model and let people see the project as clearly as you see it.

Start building:
That will lead to a detailed design approach, taking into account climate factors, budget, materials etc.







2. Location & property

If you already have a property, make sure to bring with you a copy of all the relevant documents: blueprints, site survey, the neighborhood, nearby places etc.

(or even better, email this information before the meeting!) If you are deciding between a few possible properties or plots and looking for a professional point of view, you can prepare a list of important factors to discuss in the meeting.

3. Timeline

Is there a timeline for the project? Do you wish to open the bar before the summer? Let your architect know your thoughts.


4. Business plan


The architectural design has to align with the business model in order to create a successful project.
If you already have a business plan, or if you are in the process of building one, sharing it with your architect will give you a fresh perspective on the project components.


Anything else you have in mind and will help your architect get a deeper understanding of the project is relevant.
Collaboration and communication are great ways to start any kind of relationship.

Let me know if you found this list helpful, or if you have any other suggestions that work for you please share with me!