Design Charrettes

CHP's collaborative design-build approach applies an integrated and total-systems philosophy to the development process. Part of this process is assembling stakeholders to brainstorm ideas for a given project during a "charrette." In the world of architectural design and urban planning, a charrette is an intense period of design or planning activity that can last for one or more days.

In our design charrettes, we typically involve many stakeholders, including municipal representatives, mechanical, civil and electrical engineers, contractors, architects, developers, building owners, and sometimes local residents to create designs that benefit all project partners. CHP Design Studio has conducted charrettes on aging-in-place, residential developments, green communities planning, and sustainable design.

Such charrettes serve to quickly generate a design solution while integrating the expertise and interests of the diverse group of stakeholders. Our approach includes:

  • Identifying and prioritizing client and user values
  • Determining project goals
  • Identifying project constraints and opportunities
  • Identifying function, space needs, building usage, potential tenants, public safety, budget/costs, and timelines to comply with external scheduling needs and funding deadlines/compliance requirements 
  • Assessing the physical and social characteristics of those the facility will serve in order to ensure highly functional, healthy, and livable building(s)
  • Building relationships and establishing effective channels of communication
  • Optimizing resources more effectively; managing costs and timelines; and improving the function, utility, and sustainability of the facility
  • Meeting an essential step in the implementation process of the LEED scoring system, should certification be of interest

The Design Studio's managing principal, Colin Arnold, is certified by the National Charrette Institute as a Certified Charrette Facilitator.