This is a fact gathering phase-we find out as much about the project as we can from the client, previous design professionals and jurisdictional influences in zoning and land use matters. We visit the site and areas around it to influence our thinking. We obtain copies of surveys, existing structures and compass orientation. We find out the clients’ key objectives for the project and help quantify size, shape, functional needs and budget expectations. We also determine key dates needs for various upcoming events.