What Is A Project Program?

In the beginning of an architectural project, there is a lot of planning, details, and decision making that needs to be figured out. At the start of your project, you might hear your architect talk about a project program. What is this? And how does it help your project get started?

What Is Project Programming?

    Project programming is the process that identifies the scope of work. It is the first step in the design phase. It helps architects assess the client's needs and wants for the project and how they will work in the floor plan and home layout.


What Is The Purpose Of Project Programming?

        Project programming is also concerned with the proximity, adjacency, and absolute positioning of rooms and spaces. A way architects do this is through architectural bubble diagrams. Bubble diagrams are sketches that help architects determine the flow of rooms and it represents the project programming visually for the client to see. Project programming allows your architect to come up with the objectives, and a list of the clients wants, needs, and priorities. The result of all this is usually a detailed work plan.


Architectural project programming is the first step and one of the most important phases of a project. This phase is the best time to explain your wants and needs for the project to your architect. They are there to help you achieve your goal!