Programming & Analysis

Programming & Analysis is the first phase of a project, often referred to as pre-design. You'll experience tasks related to researching and evaluating client requirements, building code and zoning regulations, and site data to develop recommendations on the feasibility of a project.

Required hours: 260

Upon finishing the AXP, you should be able to competently perform the following tasks:

  • Determine impact of applicable zoning and development ordinances to determine project constraints
  • Gather information about community concerns and issues that may impact proposed project 
  • Analyze existing site conditions to determine impact on facility layout 
  • Evaluate results of feasibility studies to determine project’s financial viability 
  • Determine impact of environmental, zoning, and other regulations on site 
  • Establish sustainability goals affecting building performance 
  • Prepare diagrams illustrating spatial relationships and functional adjacencies 
  • Establish project design goals 
  • Prepare site analysis diagrams to document existing conditions, features, infrastructure, and regulatory requirements 
  • Consider recommendations from geotechnical studies when establishing design parameters 
  • Assist owner in preparing building program including list of spaces and their characteristics 
  • Develop conceptual budget 
  • Gather information about client’s vision, goals, budget, and schedule to validate project scope and program 
  • Evaluate opportunities and constraints of alternative sites 
  • Assess environmental impact to formulate design decisions 
  • Determine impact of existing transportation infrastructure on site 
  • Consider results of environmental studies when developing site alternatives 
  • Review legal documents related to site to determine project constraints
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