What is Architecture Design Documentation, a brief overview

Architectural documentation is a crucial part of any building project. It acts as the blueprint that guides the design and construction process. It also serves as a legal document that defines the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved.

SKETS boasts a specialized architecture studio that has successfully delivered a diverse range of projects spanning mixed-use developments, hospitality establishments, residential spaces, public areas, and more, catering to many clients across the globe. 

What is Architectural Documentation?

Architectural documentation is a set of documents that contains detailed information and instructions for each stage of construction. It includes various types of drawings, specifications, floor plans, and other vital information that indicate the design, measurements, materials, and other aspects of the project.

Architectural documentation helps in communicating the design intent, ensuring quality control, facilitating coordination among stakeholders, and complying with regulations. It also helps in resolving any issues or conflicts that may arise during the project.

How is Architectural Documentation Done?

Architectural documentation involves several phases that correspond to the different stages of design and construction. These are:

  • Schematic Design (SD): This is where the concepts are translated into drawings. This includes the development of a preliminary layout of the concept, floor plans, elevations, and site plans into a representation of the design. The SD phase helps in establishing the overall scope, scale, and character of the project.
  • Design Development (DD): This is where the design is refined and developed as per the schematic design. The deliverables include documentation of the plans, comprised of floors, furniture, fixtures, and safety facilities. The engineers also work on the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. The DD phase helps in finalizing the design and resolving any technical issues.
  • Construction Document (CD): This is where all technical information is finalized with all complete details. This encompasses a complete set of coordinated drawings and specifications along with incorporated revisions. The CD phase helps in obtaining the necessary approvals, permits, and bids for the project.

SKETS Studio as an Industry Frontrunner

SKETS has teams who are proficient in Modelling in Revit and Visualizing the model using Enscape. Our teams comprise seasoned experts from the industry who have decades of experience working on verticals like mixed-use, healthcare, education, commercial, residential, and more.

Here at SKETS Studio, our teams are adept at working with different levels of detail (LODs) and scopes. We act as an extended team for BIM outsourcing and maintain constant coordination while working on the model.

SKETS teams synergize their proficiencies to deliver high-quality output that surpasses expectations and industry standards. SKETS teams are proficient in an array of software and technology to create accurate and detailed documents that meet and exceed requirements and specifications.

The United States of America follows the AIA G202-2013 and AIA G202-2013 documents, which define six levels of development from LODs 100 to 500. Great Britain follows the NBS 1192:2007 and PAS 1192-2:2013 documents, which define seven levels of development from LODs 1 to 7.

We also understand that different regions have different standards and regulations for architectural documentation. SKETS operates in accordance with these global variations, adapting our work accordingly.

Established in 2005, SKETS Studio is a world leader in Design Documentation & BIM consultancy.