Client guide.

What can a client expect?

Strategic thinking, vision and fresh ideas across a range of scales, from physical constructions to detailed designs to regional regeneration proposals, all delivered professionally, creatively and for free.

Clients and students work closely together to define the project and develop a brief. Clients can expect regular meetings throughout the project where students will give updates on progress and receive feedback. Client requirements, along with those of wider stakeholders, are the key consideration in a Live Project and students use creative and fun participation events to build both knowledge and engagement in the project. At the end of the project the student group will deliver a final presentation to the client group. Outcomes of Live Projects vary enormously from physical structures, sets of design drawings, toolkits, exhibitions or online resources.

Many clients don’t realise the value of the service they are receiving. Working with students does not mean expectations should be low.

The total time spent on each project by a group over its six-week duration equates to roughly the same number of working days that a single person manages in a year. This is a substantial amount of work by high calibre students in their fifth or sixth year of architectural education, with at least a year in professional practice and a supervising tutor offering experienced advice.

We expect the highest quality and in the past, clients who have under-estimated what could be produced have been amazed by the results. In many cases clients feel that the students can be more approachable and open-minded than professional practitioners can be.

Developing design proposals and visualising them well can be key to clients gaining funding and progressing their project. Beyond the tangible results of the Live Project such as drawings, models, reports, a client group will also benefit from the processes of the project. Live Projects raise aspirations through sharing skills, knowledge and ideas between clients, students and a wider network of stakeholders and funders.

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