chapter  7
Program Preparation
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Programs for each of these design phases should contain the in­ formation that the designer needs to make informed design deci­ sions for that phase. Frequently, programming and design for a master plan is completed prior to beginning schematic or detailed programming for specific buildings. Some architects and pro­ gramming firms advocate that only the information required for schematic design be included in the initial program for a building, so as to avoid confusing the designer with detailed information before it is needed (Pena et al. 1969, 1977, 1986; Duerk 1993). Often, however, a comprehensive architectural program contain­ ing the information required for all three design phases is pre­ pared at the beginning of a major project. There are advantages to each approach relative to efficiency and cost of information gath­ ering that need to be assessed on a project-by-project basis.