How We Do It

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East Tennessee Community Design Center awards grants of technical services on an ongoing basis.

Qualified nonprofit groups receive pro bono architectural and planning services to fill their current need based on a mutually agreeable scope of services. After the organization has been qualified by the East Tennessee Community Design Center, the Design Center recruits volunteers from the appropriate design professions to provide these pro bono services.

DesignWorks Staff, along with the volunteer professional adviser will meet with the client for a programming (needs assessment) session. This is when the client and staff discuss in depth the needs of the client and possible solutions.

After the programming session, the DesignWorks team will create multiple design solution scenarios for review by the volunteer professional adviser.

Solutions are presented to the client for discussion and comment, then revised and completed for use by the client in raising public awareness and financial support for the project.

Products provided through the East Tennessee Community Design Center are limited to conceptual design only, and cannot be used for construction or permitting purposes.

Interested in volunteering? Visit our Get Involved page.