The Organic Architecture Guild

A Sustainability Union

Design Process and Integration

Design Process and Integration


The design of Organic Architecture successfully integrates all 4 of the major design principle elements; Cultural and Historical Connections, Land and Natural Resource Utilization, Technology integration, Local Craft and Community Resource, under a controlled design process - The fifth element.

The actual design process takes root from the inception of a project via its owner, community stakeholder, town and city planner, and a variety of other interested parties directly invested in the project. Planners, architects, consultants, specialists and other facilitators are brought into the project at various stages of a project's growth. Organic Architecture, as it relates to the process of a project's design and construction phase, takes a comprehensive look at the complete design strategy and team structure.

Design: Design must have an integral connection to the functions of a development and be relevant within the greater context of a project’s elements. The Organic Architecture Guild defines this rather abstract quality with objectivity but allows for the full spectrum of creative endeavor. Design is a process that is linked with the human element of craft. Therefore, design is an ongoing phenomena throughout the life of the project. It is therefore subject to the whims and wills of all participants. In an effort to eliminate discussions of personal taste or style from this equation, Organic Architecture defines design criteria as a set of clear goals for maximizing sustainable integration. An Organic quality can be achieved through visual and functional recognition of the design purpose, its definition of interior and exterior space, physical form and surface characteristics. This poses a challenge that requires us to be open minded at all junctures of the design process. We must gather as much information as possible and explore solutions to given sets of constraints. We must apply a special application of thoughtful planning, vs simply applying preconceived notions of design.