Programming & Analysis focuses on the first phase of a project, often referred to as pre-design. In this experience area, you’ll complete 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

Each project is unique, but they all start with an idea that requires a program and thorough analysis. Meet with your supervisor often to ensure you’re taking on new tasks that broaden your experience and help ease you in to some of the larger tasks in this area.

As you gain Programming & Analysis experience, work with your supervisor to ensure you’re able to complete 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