Any project brief should, ideally, address the following:
A succinct overview of the prime objective of the project or the key issue to be resolved.
The key players and their roles and responsibilities should be defined.
The sequential steps to be taken to achieve the outcome must be documented possibly in a chart with milestones or hold points identified.
The spaces or activities to be accommodated in the building should be listed noting their relationship to each other and the site. Priorities should be established for the orientation and aspect of each space as well as its size. The size of the space is best specified by defining purpose,for example, the number of people to be seated or the furniture required for the activity.
The expected level of environmental performance should be established. Minimum standards are stipulated by Government regulations however higher standards are ideal.
The level of quality, and what this means to everyone involved needs to be discussed and agreed.
Budget and Time Program
And, most importantly, the financial and timing constraints for the project need to be stated and reaffirmed through the design process.
Although this does not need to be finalised at the outset of the project, the client should consider the process of procuring the building. Think about the extent of your involvement and your availability.