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1+ specializes in offering design services that build nonprofits' capacity to serve. Pre-design and early stage strategic planning services are the most typical starting place. Nonprofits often request visualization and graphic communication services to support capital campaigns, in their search to lease or buy property, or services to conduct a facility needs assessment in order to identify the spatial requirements for a future facility or proposed project.

Nonprofits request the type of design services they need and are asked to describe the project, including its purpose, extent, users and scope. 1+ design services are categorized by the following disciplines:


Architects are licensed professionals that plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings and the space surrounding the buildings. Architects are often the leader of the team of different design and technical consultants necessary to complete a project. Some of the most common examples of services for nonprofits include designing new facilities or the renovation of existing spaces to adjust for additional staff or a new program.

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Interior Design

Interior designers design the interiors of buildings, including space planning, programming, furnishings, and fixtures and, in some cases, the location or relocation of walls and other structures. Well-designed interior spaces communicate brand, reflect culture, and meet operational needs. Interior design can effectively convey a nonprofit’s mission through its physical space.

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Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects are licensed professionals who provide the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of natural and built outdoor environments. Types of projects for nonprofits to consider include: parks; monuments; streetscapes and public outdoor spaces; transportation; gardens; security design; institutional and academic campuses; therapeutic gardens; and more.

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The most common engineering disciplines in 1+ are civil and structural engineers, licensed professionals who provide services for the structure of buildings, parks, and public works. In most cases, projects will have an architect or landscape architect who will select or advise a nonprofit on the selection of any necessary engineering services.

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Urban Design & Planning

Urban design is the process of giving form, shape, and character to groups of buildings, neighborhoods, and city. It is a framework that orders the elements into a network of streets, squares, and blocks. For example, transportation planners work to expand transit or bike lane systems. Urban designers and planners address large, systematic urban and planning issues such as long-term impacts of climate change.

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The list above represents many components of a comprehensive design team that would be working together on a significant project. 1+ also welcomes professionals from mechanical engineering, lighting design, acoustical engineering and architectural photography to sustainability experts and other allied fields.

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