Building charrette teams

It is not uncommon for charrette teams to include a mix of people who are used to working together, as well as those who are not.

It is not uncommon for charrette teams to include a mix of people who are used to working together, as well as those who are not. Consulting firms often have a group of professionals who regularly do charrettes and augment them with subcontractors. The addition of outside professionals provides a fresh viewpoint on the project that adds to the creative potential of the charrette.

Charrettes can serve as educational opportunities for the seasoned charrette consulting firm’s staff – not only in the knowledge that the outside subcontractors bring, but the addition of fresh faces also keeps the regular group of charrette professionals from getting bored! The charrette can serve both as an opportunity for professional development and networking.

It is particularly important to add local consultants. Local historians can provide valuable background information on the area’s heritage. Local designers can provide insight into the area’s unique needs.

One extreme example is in Alaska, where it is very important to know the exceptional requirements of designing in far northern climates, e.g., ice, wind and amount of sunlight. Although other locales may require less complicated design considerations, every place has a set of needs that the locals will be best qualified to identify and address.


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