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On The Boards | Design Charrettes with Malcolm X College

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City Colleges of Chicago’s Malcolm X is beginning the design redevelopment of the West Side Learning Center. Malcolm X is looking to amplify their program by upgrading their classrooms, laboratories and clinical experiences. This will provide students with high quality facilities that will allow for hands-on experience and procedural practice. To kick off the design stage of this project, Bailey Edward will be leading design charrettes in the coming weeks.

A major component of the design process is truly understanding the clients’ needs and concerns. Using the charrette process, Bailey Edward is able to hold valuable conversations with the involved parties to get a better grasp of what the project outcomes should be. Charrettes allow for full team involvement to make sure all members hear the clients’ concerns first-hand and ensure everyone is on the same page.

As part of the charrette, Bailey Edward leads workshops on the vision, goals, and design of the project which creates a teamwork environment between the clients, stakeholders, and designers. This process also acts as a brainstorming session to nail down concrete goals and objectives for the project. The components of a charrette are to listen, envision and design.

This process has become integral to the way Bailey Edward conducts the design programming efforts for clients and has proven effective, especially with higher education projects, such as the extensive charrette process used for the study of the UIC Learning Hub that resulted in a state-of-the-art active learning environment design.