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Overlooking the importance of the architectural design process when planning to build a playground or outdoor structure is extremely common. However, to ensure every aspect of all build projects are carefully considered for safety, comfort, and flow, architectural designs include a lot of detail for each project.

Read on to learn more about the Architectural Design Process and how it supports your playground and outdoor structure build-design projects.

What Is Architectural Design?

Architectural design is a concept focusing on the aesthetic and function of specific components and elements built into a structure. Generally headed up by an architect, all components are carefully placed by working with available space and pre-existing elements to create a coherent and functional structure.

What Is Involved In The Design Process?

Several steps are involved in the design process for an architectural project. Each step is very important to the overall look, feel, and safety of the final structure. Let’s see how the Architectural Design Process looks in a landscape architecture project with InspiredPlayHawaiʻi:

  • Schematic Design

    The first step of the design phase is the schematic design. We gather information on the style and wants (aesthetic), as well as the needs (function) for the project. After incorporating all applicable safety features, we create up to three design options for you to review with our experts.

  • Design Development

    During design development, we take feedback presented during the schematic design review and compile all considerations into a final design concept. Any changes you want to make to the design are communicated during this phase before proceeding to construction.

  • Construction Documents

    Construction documents are created: our architects will put together detailed drawings of your playground or outdoor structure design, providing contractors clear blueprints to follow when building.

  • Construction

    With design concepts approved and blueprints ready, CONSTRUCTION BEGINS! Our architects work closely with our contractors throughout the duration of the construction phase to ensure your project is built according to the specs—and to our quality standards.


Remember, the architectural design focuses on the aesthetic and function of the structure. The design works to create a space that flows with its surroundings.

Do you have an architectural design project of your own in mind? Need the insight of an expert? Don’t hesitate to get in touch and let’s brainstorm!

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