In the proposed process model, the context is the part of the composition to which the form is fitted. That is, by definition, the context is that which is left unaltered in the design process, in contrast to to its complement, the form. It is said, rather, that the particular elements of the context are discovered through the work of the architect initially, and then through the subsequent work of the engineer and the programmer.

In the project scaffold, the context is where to find the fitness variables used to define the form, as well as the research that generates them:

The term is derived from Notes on the Synthesis of Form by Christopher Alexander. Care has been taken to employ the term with as much fidelity to the book as possible.