The overall paradigm of "Program - Analysis - Synthesis" fits most site and landscape design projects in one way or another.
Program is about your goals and needs.
Analysis is about your site.
Synthesis merges the two into a Plan.
Much of this seems like common sense once you know it, but substantial parts of it will require forethought, training, and technical expertise to get it right. And for something as expensive as site and landscape development can be, you want to get it right the first time. A good plan is the first step.
So what does all that mean? Most importantly, COLLABORATION is the key word. I might do the technical work, but WE work together to develop a plan that will work.
First, I listen.
Then, I study.
Finally, I sketch. And draw. Rearrange and resize until it all fits together well.