People ask what I do as a permaculture designer, I feel this line from my latest article in my online book describes it well.
As a consultant/ designer your main task within this assigned role is to read the landscape for the client. That is what they are paying for essentially; your trained eye with your accrual of knowledge around plants, soils, climatic factors, water, topography, earthworks, economics, and cultural links. Thus systematically record these particulars as this is why permaculture isn’t simply a rubber stamp process of each place looking nearly the same such as a poorly designed suburb.
Read more on how to catalogue systematically to move through the vision and assessment phase of design process.