This means that the architecture firm must engage in a technical process that analyzes one or
more alternatives to achieve a result. Don’t let this test scare you off by envisioning lab coats and beakers! Although those types of activities certainly constitute a process of experimentation, this test includes anything from developing multiple design iterations to computer modeling and conducting simulations. The key here is the evaluation of alternatives:
Did you analyse multiple designs?
Did you utilise computer simulations to determine weaknesses in a design and then improve upon that?
Did you evaluate different types of materials and/or equipment models in order to satisfy both environmental parameters and customer requirements?
Did unanticipated site changes or customer specifications require you to generate new conceptual or schematic designs?
Architecture firms typically have a defined and formal process of experimentation – including a conceptual or schematic design phase, a design development phase, and a construction document phase. During the early conceptual or schematic design phase, you may undertake an iterative design process in which you create and evaluate multiple design options in the form of sketches, drawings, and diagrams. During the design development phase, you may evaluate alternative drawings utilizing computer modeling or conduct testing to determine the optimal material to be used. During the construction documents phase, you may continue to evaluate and improve the drawings and designs based off the site’s unique requirements and features. All of these activities include a process of experimentation.
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then your winery is most likely undergoing a process of experimentation! As you go through your development process, you will certainly evaluate various ways of finding a technical solution.