Federal Design Excellence Strategy

We led a team including HR&A Advisors and Mark Robbins that made the case for the economic and social value of excellence in public design directly or indirectly funded by the federal government. The focus of our effort, undertaken for the General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), included planning, infrastructure, landscape and architecture.

The project gathered information about the ways in which design quality has been determined and the way it is currently assessed by federal agencies. Documentation of exemplary national and international programs was also included. Also, interviews were conducted with individuals from the design disciplines, engineering, construction, finance and philanthropy, as well as key members of federal agencies. This information was analyzed to identify barriers and opportunities to enhance design quality throughout federal projects. The project concluded with recommendations for future initiatives by the GSA and the NEA to promote design excellence.