The University of Melbourne's Old Quad redevelopment (Vic), by Lovell Chen, is an example of how the  brief plays a vital role in achieving the client's requirements and intended outcomes. Photographer: Eve Wilson. Traditional Land Owners: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.Read time: 4 minutes

At the inception of a project the architect needs to establish the project brief or how the brief is to be prepared. A design brief is a written statement which details the client's expectations and the functions of a proposed building. It should describe the facilities to be provided and the activities to be performed. It should also clearly identify the broad policies within which these are to be achieved in respect of the time, cost and quality. The brief should not propose specific design solutions.

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