Defining and Announcing Design Excellence Opportunities
Two-Stage plus Charrette--Po rtfolio evaluations followed by Stage II submissions, lead
designer-A/E team interviews, and a charrette--This process adds a one-day charrette
immediately following lead designer-A/E team interviews. (The charrette is an opportunity
for each shortlisted lead designer-A/E team to pre p a re a design vision.) It provides a
m o re specific sense of each lead designer-A/E team's design approach and priorities. The
additional time and cost is minimal. A small fee for service paid to each participating team.
The one caveat is to make it clear to the A/E Selection Board that this additional step
is not about selecting a project design. It is to reveal more information helpful to the
selection of a lead designer and a design team--how these people identify and respond
to design priorities, what they emphasize as their creative focus, and how they communicate
s t rategies and ideas.
Charrettes are org a n i zed and managed by the Office of the Chief Architect Center for
Design Excellence and the Arts. Project managers need to alert the Center at least two
months in advance of any planned charrette so that the Center can hire a charrette advisor.
The advisor will then work with the Center to select an appropriate charrette site and
write the charrette pro g ram and rules. The Center will also select three peers as to serve
as a jury to evaluate the charrette results.
Three-Stage--Portfolio evaluations followed by Stage II submissions and lead designer-
A/E team interviews followed, in turn, by a 30-day vision competition--In this process,
the Stage II submissions and lead designer-A/E team interviews are the basis for selecting
and inviting an even smaller shortlist of lead designer-A/E teams to participate in a vision
competition. Selected lead designer-A/E teams are given an extensive pro g ram and a
minimum of 30 days to prepare a design vision for the project.