Answering a brief

In answering a brief, you need to show the development and evolution of your thoughts, designs and plans over time. It is not enough to only show the finished project. What you are really presenting, is a visual and creative diary detailing the development of your (final) design.

To answer a brief, you need to show that you are able to:

  • develop a process for investigating the design that responds to practical and conceptual concerns and includes ideas that the tutor wants you to investigate
  • understand the design of meaningful public work across a range of scales
  • further explore the fundamentals of innovative architectural design - of tectonics and space, of structure and detail
  • demonstrate good visual presentation skills, both two and three dimensional, and confident oral communication skills.

Assessment criteria

Assessing your design is not based only on the final project. It is important to document the journey: from conception, through the evolution of the design to the final project design. Generally, assessment criteria for project responses are:

  • creativity and clarity in the expression of architectural design intentions
  • rigor, coherence and inventiveness of architectural resolution
  • evidence of consideration of site, environment and awareness of architectural precedents
  • interpretation of the requirements of the brief
  • a high level of resolution evident in all presentation and sketch design work.


Reading a brief: the first steps