Clarify what success looks like before hiring architects and designers

Chora’s pre-design consulting guarantees a bump-free implementation of your ideas. As such, it provides a bulwark against wasted time, energy, and money down the road.

As a first step when considering a new building or an architectural restoration, Chora recommends rigorous pre-design planning to refine the project’s feasibility as well as programming, operational, and fiscal realities. This initial pre-design phase will provide a solid foundation for the next steps and ensure the project starts on strong footing.

Chora’s pre-design services include a compelling vision and a focused statement of purpose for a project under consideration; a conceptual “use plan” for the architectural space; a business model and a financial plan; strategic and tactical plans for integrating this initiative into the existing operations; an analysis of the economic impact statement of the project on the regional economy; and a fundraising feasibility study to right-size the project targets and assess the likelihood of adequate funds to realize the project and ensure its financial viability.

This comprehensive pre-design package constitutes an effective and efficient prelude to engaging architectural and fundraising firms to prepare master and fundraising plans for a capital campaign. Thoughtful pre-design planning provides insurance against the missteps and backtracking that so often bedevil museum projects. Every dollar invested in effective pre-design will be recouped many times over in subsequent project phases.