Strategies for Selecting
the Lead Designer and the Design Excellence A/E Team
E VA LU AT I N G T H E C H A R R E T T E S C H E M E S
On the morning after the charrette, the charrette jury gathers at a meeting org a n i zed by
the professional advisor for an orientation and then a review, discussion, and evaluation
of the charrette schemes. The criteria for evaluation are those spelled out in the charrette
rules. As previously stated, the evaluation is done without any knowledge of which lead
designer-A/E team designed which scheme. Only after the evaluation is finalized and
endorsed by the jury are the names of the lead designer-A/E teams re vealed by opening
the envelope attached to the back of each lead designer-A/E team's submission.
That same day (generally in the early afternoon), in a verbal format, the jury chair and the
p rofessional advisor summarize the strengths and weaknesses and ranking of the charrette
schemes for the A/E Evaluation Board. Clarifications and discussion can follow this
p resentation. The jury's charrette scheme ranking counts as 40% of the A/E Evaluation
Board's Stage II ranking.
A / E E VA LU AT I O N B O A R D F I N A L R E C O M M E N D AT I O N
After scoring the written submittals for Stage II, the interviews, and the charrette rankings,
and appropriately combining these evaluations, the A/E Evaluation Board pre p a res a final
ranking of the lead designer-A/E teams with supporting documentation and recommen
dations. The official re c o rd of this evaluation and the preferred lead designer-A/E team
will be contained in a written report submitted to the GSA Selection Authority.
The GSA Selection Authority will review the A/E Evaluation Board report to assure the
integrity of the selection process and ranking. The GSA Selection Authority will decide
whether to accept the A/E Evaluation Board recommendation and select the recommended
lead designer-A/E team. The Selection Authority reserves the right to reject the recom
mendation of the board or terminate the process without incurring any liability. If this
happens, the GSA Selection Authority must document the reason(s) that the recommen-
dation of the A/E Evaluation Board is ove rturned.