Consultation and Participation

Co-design, participatory design, stakeholder engagement and consultation are different methods of involving external groups and individuals at different stages in the design process. Many projects, especially where publicly-funded or with complex objectives can benefit from a co-design or participatory design process.

In co-design, a representative group of key stakeholders, such as elected local residents join the client and design team at the start of a project and work together to define the brief, the objectives and sometimes the budget and programme.

Participatory design is a broader process that can accommodate a much wider range of groups and people, by engaging them with design decisions in a workshop environment. 

Consultation is a requirement of most projects and involves the clear communication of work in progress to the widest public, in order to elicit feedback.  We have a wealth of experience in running consultation events and producing high quality imagery, models and other materials.