What is Programming?


Programming is the initial research phase of an interior design project. The designer, through asking the right questions, listening and observing, determines the goals and objectives of the major stakeholders (clients etc). Much like a detective at work, the designer discovers and analyzes information about the problem in order to provide the best design solutions. It’s the bird’s eye view of your business which allows us to create a master plan for your design project.


Space Layout and Planning

We take the time to understand the why behind each of your goals. Determining the proximity of people, functions and equipment helps us to lay out the space. Each decision about who sits where and who sits next to whom has multiple impacts not only on the space but also on the employee experience. It’s our goal to design with efficiencies for your business as a top priority.

For example, we had a client that had two divisions – book keeping and publishing. The employees for both divisions were scattered throughout the office space. By switching just two offices, we were able to gather the accounting division on one side of the floor with the publishing arm on the other side with the CEO in the middle. Programming helped us to make those decisions.

Future Needs

Programming also takes into account your future needs. Imagine you are a company that is rapidly expanding. As part of this growth, you mention that you require a second conference room. As we observe your use of your current space and interview your employees, we could discover that a break out room that allows for future employees would be a better option for your needs.

The Client’s Role

It’s very important to be open during the discovery process. Having accurate information about your timeline, budget, space requirements and/or existing conditions, your expectations requirements and preferences and the feeling you (your employees and clients) want to experience in your office space allows me to provide you with the best design solutions.

Sometimes expectations crash head long into budget or timeline. The programming phase allows us to make this discovery process together and address these issues prior to starting a renovation or re-design.

The research discovered in the programming phase is a critical piece to determining the parameters of the project. From these parameters, we can develop design concepts and space planning solutions for your needs, wants and desires.


Four Major Considerations

As we develop a Program for our clients, we take into account four major considerations:

o Form – existing conditions of space.
o Function – how employees and clients will use and interact in the space.
o Economy – cost of the construction and design of the space.
o Time – required schedule for construction and timeline for possible future expansion.

Five Step Process:

1. Establish goals and objectives – what you want and why.
2. Collect and analyze facts – gathering of information as outlined in the research process.
3. Uncovering and testing concepts – develop performance requirement as a method to solve a problem or satisfy a need. For example, provide options of areas for standing vs sitting desks.
4. Determine needs – balance the desires of stakeholders with the available budget.
5. State the problems – these statements are determined with the client and designer to serve as the basis for design and for evaluation of all proposed solutions.

The Programming Phase can include but is not limited to

o Evaluating existing conditions
o Assessing project restrictions and limitations
o Highlighting positive attributes to the space
o Identifying life, safety and fire code requirements
o Inventorying existing furnishings and equipment
o Determining client (and major stakeholders) goals and objectives
o Developing schedules and budget


We then take all of the information gathered in the Programming process and synthesize it into a written program document. Most often we use a more visual PowerPoint presentation, so our clients can see the existing conditions, through a third party’s eye. Typically, this presentation includes broad design concepts and diagrams to show the various adjacencies. But it can also include floor plans for pre-existing space.


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