Initial Meeting

The first step in the architectural process is to meet with potential clients. This initial meeting introduces the client and architect and helps define what the project is and how our firm can be of service. Each project is unique and has it’s own specific constraints and requirements. Having a face to face meeting allows the client and architect to build a rapport.


Programming is writing or listing the goals of the project. It helps begin to define the scope of work and allows the architect to have a better understanding what the client would like to accomplish. The best programs have a a balance of what you want and why you want it. For instance it’s as important in a program to say I want a 4 bedroom house as it is to say because we have three young children and they will all want their own rooms as they grow older.

 Example Program

Schematic Design

Having a program established the client and architect can begin The first phase in the design process serves to inform the architect of the goals and boundaries of the project. It is an important step in defining the functional requirements and the imagery and style you desire for your project.

  • Site and Zoning Study


  • Existing Conditions 

  • As-Built Drawings

  • 3D Model   

  • Architectural diagrams

    include Bubble, Zoning and Form diagrams.

  • Sketches

  • Sketch Model

  • Preliminary Pricing

Design Development

During this step you will be provided with a series of drawings, developed from the schematic design that including floor plans, elevations, and typically renderings and a model of the proposed building. These drawings are presented in a meeting to review the drawings and discuss possible changes and options. At this phase of the project the client and architect typically meet with select builders that are provided with drawings for preliminary pricing.

  • Plans

  • Sections

  • Elevation

  • Renderings

  • Models

Construction Documents

Construction Drawings are specific instructions for the Contractors as to what is to be built. They indicate all the dimensions and materials of the building. At this phase the drawings are completed with full details, dimensioning, structural sizing and material specifications. The project can be built from this final set of drawings.

  • Framing Plans

  • Wall Sections

  • Finish Schedules

  • Interior Elevations

  • Electrical Plans




Bailow Architects has the capacity to create sketch and fully detailed 3D models that can be presented as walk through animation. We also have the ability to create traditional and 3D printed physical models.


We work commonly with clients throughout the country. Each project has a dedicated project management site that has all of the project files and information easily accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. We also are versed in multiple web meeting technologies.