Planning Phase

Planning, the first phase of any major project is the process of articulating and defining the goals for the project and evaluating the feasibility of the plan. In layman’s terms, the planning phase is when the owner, architect and construction manager have early discussions on what is to be built, if it is approvable by the jurisdictional authorities and parameters such as scope and quality assumptions. For architects, this phase is generally called Conceptual Design, sometimes included within Schematic Design in the AIA definition of architectural services.