It is good to see that this is being looked at. It is a well know assumption in process protocol that we only can handle - as humans - 7 sets of information at once . So to only have 7 RIBA stages is a good start for comprehension. Each of those seven can then be subdivided as the project requires. But have we missed out client feedback/FM and final demolition/recycling from what should be a holistic approach.
On many simple projects only 4 stages are required.
- these can be expanded out to included
Concept/Feasibility at the start and Feedback/Demolition at the end.
oops that only 6
Salford University Process Protocol started with 4 stages:
When I did my MSC at Salford Uni I realised that all design be it buildings, objects or software do follow the same overall frame work. (or at least they can be fitted into the same framework as the RIBA plan of work) I did various translation tables and mapping of homilies.
Salford UNI Process Protocol then expanded out the 4 project Phases into 10 phases with soft and hard gates in between.
In short fit the detail to the size of project as you need but never have more than 7 stages in your head oe if you a a bit simplistic like me try to keep it to 4. After all the experts at Salford Uni did.
I would therefore request that if we to make a change to the RIBA plan of work that we make it relate to real project phases and not a scramble to extract fees.