Designing with Quality
Often during the Conceptual Design process at Comma-Q Architecture we develop a list of project oriented goals. Some are technical and specific, with considerations such as how many bedrooms, bathrooms, or square feet. I call this the “Hard Program.” Along with the technical programmatic needs of the project we develop a qualitative set of goals that set up a language for us and our clients to speak during the course of the project. Most of the time these goals are revealed during a few initial meetings by discussing the “feeling*, or *soul”, of the architecture; and coincidentally listening to our client about how they see the architectural context of their project. I call this the “soft program.” This helps to give the design depth; and depth means quality.
Anybody can sit down at a drafting table and design a building in a vacuum, but here we know that like a cake, the best architecture has multiple delicious layers. One of the most important layers represents the client’s personality and interests. So please feel free to fly your freak flag here while placing your own stamp on the creative process! Wait, did you just call me dirty word? What is this freak flag you refer to? The Freak Flag happens to be a good thing in the creative world. It is the characteristic, mannerism, or appearance of a person, either subtle or overt, which implies unique, eccentric, creative, adventurous or uncoventional thinking…(defined by urbandictionary.com)