Design workshops (charrette)

A design workshop, or more accurately a design charrette, draws together the architect and the principal members of the design team, the client organisation and other relevant groups with the objective of developing, through a structured workshop, a clear set of design objectives and design-assessment criteria for a project. The charrette may produce a preliminary design for the project. Design charrettes are a particularly useful strategy where the client brief fails to clearly define their design objectives for a project or where the client organisation is diverse and there are obvious competing interests.