​​In this stage the aim is to identify and engage the right design team for the rest of the project. You may have engaged a professional designer to help develop the Design Brief. Now you need to assess the ability of various design teams to deliver against the objectives set in that brief, and engage the right one. To do this, you will need to research the options and understand the limitations and skills of each team. 

How the right design team can help achieve your project objectives
Selecting the right team will ensure you have a good working relationship with the designers of your house for the duration of the project, and that they fully understand your goals.  This will translate into a successful house design. This team is crucial to achieving your desired outcomes and ensuring a smooth process from this stage onwards. It is therefore important to invest some time in the selection process to ensure you get the most for your money, and limit your risk to an acceptable level.

The design teams you consider for the job should correspond to the procurement decisions made in the Plan stage.​
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