The representation of architecture in its schematic phase is what directs the project.Â A client's response to a rendered drawing or rough, early model can determine a direction relatively quickly for a positive or negative result.Â It is the role of the architect to put the client into the drawing or model with careful craft and creative detail.
A good exercise in getting a feel of the project's style, scale, and materiality is a rendering of the exterior elevation. These renderings can be as simple as color palates or tones and as complex as carefully selecting textures from manufacturers and applying them to the drawing. Depending on the projects phase of completion, these drawings can be as loose or regimented as needed to give the client an idea of what they will be getting.
In many cases, a flat elevation drawing isnâ€™t enough to get a proper feel of the project. Computer 3D modeling is a tool that can be used for clients to get a better understanding for a space. This technique is also used quite often within the office for spatial studies or even solar studies. This tool can make visualization simple for the client and the architect.