Integrated Design:

Is a collaborative method for designing buildings which emphasizes the development of a holistic design.

Conventional building design usually involves a series of hand-off s from owner to architect, from builder
to occupant. This path does not invite all aff ected parties into the planning process, and therefore does
not take into account their needs, areas of expertise or insights. In some cases, using the conventional
method, incompatible elements of the design are not discovered until late in the process when it is
more expensive to make changes. In contrast, the integrated design process requires multidisciplinary
collaboration, including key stakeholders and design professionals, from conception to completion.
Decision-making protocols and complementary design principles must be established early in order to
satisfy the goals of multiple stakeholders while achieving the overall project objectives.

In addition to extensive collaboration, integrated design involves a “whole building design” approach.
A building is viewed as an interdependent system, as opposed to an accumulation of its separate
components (site, structure, systems and use). The goal of looking at all the systems together is to
make sure they work in harmony rather than against each other.

designIntegrated design has evolved in conjunction with the rise of multidisciplinary design fi rms and
sustainable design. It frequently begins with a charette or eco-charette, an intensive design workshop in
which many stakeholders gather to set goals and identify strategies for achieving the desired outcomes.