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OFFICE management
Architects Brief & Clients Brief
Differentiate between a Client’s Brief & Architects Brief

What Is brief in architecture ?

Brief means give essential information to someone; In Architecture brief is the main part
of the design process That help to define spaces & work load to fulfill clients need. The
design brief tells the reader what will be doing. Also it is brief is The media to express
Architect that perfect design imagine in clients head , Whether a Architect or a client,
an effective design brief is the single most critical factor in ensuring that a project is
successful.... There are two types of briefs in architectural design process.

Clients Brief Architects Brief

Design process

The first phase in the architectural design process Architect will have to
fully understand the clients’ requirements, Site conditions, interpret
the Planning & Building Regulations relevant to the site, financial
position and the period in which the building is required for occupation.

It is also essential to discuss the terms & conditions of Architects

appointment, role as an Architect, programme of work and costs with
client at the outset. so that both should understand all the implication.

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In this stage the client should provide his brief To perform this task . then it
starts the Design process (Making of Architectural brief, conceptual space
arrangement , the schematic development…).



What is Clients Brief ?

A Clients brief is document that tells to Architect ,what client looking for, what is wish to achieve, what is targeting
and any other related information. The results of producing this document should allow to find out solutions, how
much it will cost and how long it will take.

The ultimate success of project depends on the quality of client’s brief, clients ability to clearly describe to his
architect the requirements and functions of building, and proposed methods of operation and management. It is
wise to ask architect to assist you in preparing a final brief. Because brief is a series of information required by the
Architect before he starts any design work of his clients’ project.

 Clients aims
 Clients design style:
 Clients reasons for start on this building project: What activities are designed for it?
 Who will be making the decisions? About the designs? About costs? Clients overall
expectations: What is hope to achieve by this project?

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.Following are some of other information required by the Architect.

1/ Nature of the project

2/ Accommodation requirements and functional relationships
3/ Location of site, extent of site and approach to site
4/ Site conditions, survey plans, site levels and other features at site
5/ Adjoining buildings and other environments, factors
6/ Any special space relationships, specially in unusual buildings,
factories etc.
7/ Special services required and availability of services in the area of the
8/ Financial standing of the client and cost implications of the project
9/ Time for completion of the Project
10/ Planning, Building and other regulations applicable for the site and the Project

At the initial meetings, architect listen carefully to Clients intentions and create a brief, addressing not only design
aesthetics but also the function of the building. Timings and budgets for project will be defined at an early stage.

A brief is not a blueprint. It shouldn’t tell the designer how to do the work. It’s a statement of purpose, a concise
declaration of a client’s expectations of what the design should finish. And while briefs will differ depending upon
the project. All of the above should be considered in detail, if necessary in combination with the architect and/or
the relevant professional and clear, brief decisions recorded and conveyed to the architect for completion.

Design Examples

Providing examples of what client consider to be effective or relevant design

can be a great help in writing a design brief.

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1/ Colour
2/ Imagery
3/ quality •
4/ The atmosphere that particular designs create

Ex: Housing project for Miss Sithara Hafeel Fathima

In training period that we worked for Thisara Thanapathy Architects, Above Project client gave a book of
images of the places, Textures & she has Colected & wrote what she want to design. That is her brief & architect
use it to imagine & the develop the concept. After doing perspectives & to present to clients additional
requirements was developed. It is good practice that architects do.

Example Clients Brief


1. __________________________ PHONE: _______________ EMAIL:

1. I/ we plan to build a custom home ___ for myself /ourselves, or ___ speculatively.
2. I plan to build on a flat ___,
sloping ___, or irregular ___, site. (check one)

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3. (check one) ___ I do not have a site purchased. Please design a Dream Home for me per the
specifications outlined herein. ___ I have purchased a lot. Please include site survey, setbacks,
height restrictions, and all applicable code or jurisdictional information.
4. I will be building in a deed-restricted community. (yes/ no) yes, ply
complete architectural design standards and covenants.
5. I will/will not be using an interior designer.
6. The site vegetation and topography can be described as follows Send ographical map and
tree survey if site purchased.
7. The surrounding area and immediate lots to left and right and across the street are
described as follows: Supply photographs as deemed necessary.
8. My approximate budget per square foot of conditioned space (measured to outside of
bearing wall) is approximately RS___/
NOTE: Architect cannot be held liable for cost of house exceeding Client
budget. Client must check with Realtors or builders in his or her area to arrive at projected
costs per style of house, budget, and location.

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9. The style of home I would like can best be described as:
12.10. I like/ do not like symmetry in my plans or elevations. (circle one and describe) ________ SF.
12. The total number of bedrooms is ____. The total number of baths is ____. I wish to
have the following rooms (circle Y for yes or N for no), with approximate sizes
indicated in length and width and a short description of each.: Y/N. Formal Living 3
Y/N. Formal Dining _
/N. Family Room Y/N. Library/ Den Describe all other rooms
(bedrooms, garages, storage, exercise, guest, etc.) desired with approximate size
and description of each: (add pages if necessary)

13. I prefer a formal/ informal plan.

14. I would like the following rooms arranged on the first level and the emainder upstairs
16.15. The following spaces must be placed close to each other
16. I do/ do not wish to have step-downs or level changes, or only in the
following areas. (explain)

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19.17. The following activities will take place outside: (example: pool, decks,
gazebos, boat dock, tennis, etc.)
18. I would like the following rooms/spaces oriented to specific views or placed per compass
direction as follows:
19. The first floor height should be at least ___ ft., and not to exceed ___ ft. I want the second
floor height to be at least ___ ft., and not to exceed ___ ft.
20. The driveway approach will be: (example: circular drive, inside load or setback side load
drive, center approach, rear approach, etc.)
22. I would like the perimeter wall of the house to be constructed of ______________________
(example, wood and brick, block and
stucco, steel, rammed earth, etc.), and be approximately ____in. thick.
23. I want a full/ partial/ no basement. (circle one)
24. I like/ do not like irregular rooflines. (circle one)
25. The perimeter plan geometry should be: (check one) ___ Regular

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27. (rectangular geometry with minimum wall projections (for easiest, most cost-effective build-
out) ___ Medium Irregular plan with meandering exterior walls (moderate cost to build but may
offer best views, orientation to natural features, topography, vegetation, sun
angle, etc.) ___ Complex (highly irregular plan with many angles and/or
curving walls inside and out, expensive to detail, finish out and construct)
ADDITIONAL NOTES : if client needed

“design briefs are about

paving the way for a successful design effort
that reflects well on everyone involved.”

What is Architects Brief ?

An architectural brief is, to fulfill clients requirement - usually by

creating a building to accommodate the requirements,The architect's aim is
to provide the technical expertise to give a physical form to the client's
aspirations, hopes, ambitions and dreams. This practice is most applicable
to clients who value fulfilling their social responsibilities within their own
local habitat.

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A architect’s brief is a written document including sketches that might be anything from a single page to a
multiple volume set of documents. It is often formulated by or with the architect, and includes opportunities , basic
cost & basic needs.
Usually the Architectural brief is developing through the clients brief & the analyzing of other special factors – site,
infrastructure , type of project. It contents , a clear set of instructions and detailed requirements as starting point of
the architect's design
In the later stages of writing a brief, will specify accurately the number and size of rooms that will be required,
spatial progression , the finishes, equipment, furniture that will fit the room for its functional purpose and the
environmental conditions that will assist the purpose. Environmental conditions might include temperature range,
humidity, air movement, acoustic isolation, & all the things.
For complex facilities, the brief may be prepared by a specialist consultant, separate from the design
architect. Ex ; Labs, Special treatment units in hospitals) In such projects, are often employed with project
participants , users, customers, facility experts, builders and other designers brought together for an intensive one
or two day period to work out the critical aspects of the brief.

A brief could be prepared by several methods, depending on the scope of the project and the nature
of your Client Organization. The following methods could be used :-

.1 Have a discussion about the scope of the project with the top management of the Client Organization.
.2 If the organization is a complex Department or Cooperate Company you may have to send questionnaires to
each division to obtain
information .
3 Have several meetings with Sub_Departments/DivIsions
.4 Obtain data from other Authorities. Such as UDA, Local Authority and any other statutory Authorities having
to the Site and Building.

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5 Brief-Site Analysis Systematic analysis of your clients brief and site conditions is very important to avoid and
eliminate any possibility of preconception establishing. Such preconception ideas will lead to imbalanced
This is a process of recording existing elements as obtained from the client against the new elements divided
after giving consideration to site, planning and structural elements. The analysis should be produced with the
following points in mind
Permissible Site-Coverage. Plot Ratio. Permissible height
5.3 Boundaries and existing features such as slopes, boulders, trees, water vs. etc.
5.4 Light angles to windows, sun path, and orientation.
5.5 Rights or easement establishment.
5.6 Building or improvement lines or any future development nearby and everything from bus stops to fire
appliance access.
5.7 Materials. Cost, construction, services.
5.8 Space analysis in relation to structural possibilities.
5.9 Space allocation according to Architectural Data available.
5. 10 Functional relationships of activities in the building

population (median and peak), area, minimum height, floor loading, floor finish and skirting requirements, including
any plinths, hobs or set-downs, wall finishes, including wall protection needs (pertain ant in hospitals, warehouses,
etc.), ceiling finish, including acoustic needs, engineering services required: power, lighting, air-conditioning, water,
drainage, communications, etc.; environmental conditions: air temperature, humidity, noise level, air movement;
access and security needs; FFE (furniture, fittings and equipment), with note made of mass, dimensions, power
requirements, energy evolved, noise produced, ventilation and extraction needed, service and operating
clearances; fire safety.

Prepare Bubble Diagrams Space Relationship Diagrams to obtain Clients approval

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A thorough brief it is help full to develop Functional brief with services . This brief is used to, create the
architectural brief, that sets out the preparation of design options.

Differentiate between a Client’s Brief & Architects

A client brief should primarily focus on the results and outcomes of the design. It should not attempt to deal with
the aesthetics of design… That is the responsibility of the designer. The design brief also allows (the client) to focus
on exactly what he want to achieve before any work starts on the project.

Architects brief is written plan that identifies a problem to be solved, its criteria, and its limitation.
The architect,s brief is used to encourage thinking of all ...

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Work with an architect

Lectuer Notes : Archt: V.N.C.Gunesekara

Managment Report – 4 th year

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