G r a m l i c h  D e s i g n  &  P l a n n i n g 



P e t e r  G r a m l i c h ,  M .  A r c h . ,  L E E D  A P
Portland and Bend, Oregon                    541.350.2800

Design Process.
While each site and project have their own characteristics, the design process entails common elements.  After an initial meeting where the clients express their values and wishes (and often share images that resonate with them), Peter proceeds to do a site analysis and preliminary floor plan and elevation sketches.  The medium is markers on trace paper- no computer yet.  Meeting with the clients again resolves options and allows us to hone in on a working plan.  From there, we move to CAD drawings and eventually permit and construction sets. 

Each project is tested in 3 dimensions through a CAD model and/or physical models.  Perspectives are drawn to show multiple sides of the design at once, and how the building integrates with the site and its context.  Peter plays an active role in structural design and the selection of materials and finishes and in interviewing builders and consultants.  After ground is broken, Peter offers construction management services.

The strength of the one-man office is that the same person doing the initial design sketches also draws every detail and structural element, and thus sees the design intent through to completion.

The below images track two projects through the design process. 

No doubt, the building process can appear exhaustive.  The designer must play a lead role in demystifying the issues, and be informed about local customs and practices.  Peter has gone through the process many times and has a breadth of experience to make the steps simpler.  Clients should also review publications and other sources to educate themselves where applicable: a good link to suppliers of green building products is the Central Oregon Environmental Center.

  Rimrock West home: design evolution
Process Example 1: The 6 sketches above depict a typical design process from gestural sketch through floor plan.  All are done freehand and the computer is not engaged until the concepts are clear.

Rimrock West home: study model

A physical model can present an element of reality that even 3D CAD models cannot.

Rimrock West home: construction photo Rimrock West home: finished design
Tracking the job through construction allows us to monitor progress
Rimrock West home: construction photo A Rimrock West home: construction photo B Rimrock west home: construction photo C


Shevlin Commons home: site photo Shevlin Commons home: site analysis
Process Example 2: It is important to get to know the site and its topography, views, daylight and natural features.  A site analysis begins to hint at passive solar concepts and space orientation.

Shevlin Commons home: ground level sketch Shevlin Commons home: living level sketch Shevlin Commons home: loft level sketch
From there, we see the beginnings of floor plans.  Spaces are aligned to optimize site features and client values.

Shevlin Commons home: study model Shevlin Commons home: study model
Study models investigate forms and volumes before getting overly specific.

     Shevlin Commons home: material and color studies
Color and material are studied through detailed renderings.

Shevlin Commons home: a refined perspective studies details and finishes



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