Philanthropic Architecture

As an architect, there is a certain type of satisfaction when working with non-profits. It requires an understanding of how to find a balance between providing a high quality product, but in a cost effective way. The clientele and/or staff must feel comfortable, but donors should be encouraged to give. Listening to the board with multiple opinions provides design input, but everyone cannot be pleased. It is important to determine what is most important for the most successful results without becoming overwhelmed with information. Regarding time, there should be a real commitment to provide the necessary time in order to get the project right, even if the fees may not be quite commensurate. It is our duty as architects and interior designers to make a non-profit project successful, maybe even more than other for-profit projects.

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