This article is part of our series on key Architectural Concepts. You can check out the rest of the series here, and if you have any questions or comments about your experience with programme, leave a comment below!
What is Programme?
Programme, put simply, is what happens on or within a building, site, or wider area.
It's the activities and functions of the building - from the everyday public activities to the periodic maintenance requirements. In practice, programme often refers more specifically to how the elements, zones and spaces are organised.
In this article, I will look at what programme is, and how you can use, test, and have fun with it in design. I will also explain some basic ways of thinking about programme on your project, and different techniques architects often use to explore and explain programme.