In the proposed process model, the form is the part of the composition that complements the context — it is ultimately what the client seeks to acquire and what the architect seeks to define. The form also refers to the part of the project scaffold that is home to successive incarnations of what is to become the finished product, including the product itself.

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.