Architecture for Public Benefit specializes in creative solutions for mission-driven organizations and offers a full range of architecture services. 

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We all grow and change and our needs change with us. Does your organization have plans for extending its reach? We can help you envision and fund that change through pointed imagery and fundraising material. At Architecture for Public Benefit, we are visual storytellers and will help you craft and communicate a vision to others. Aligning all stakeholders with your plans for growth will significantly increase your support and probability for success.

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Looking into the feasibility of a property and if it will work for your needs? We can do site evaluation that will look at code requirements, developable area and FAR requirements, environmental considerations such as prevalent winds, solar orientation, access, parking solutions neighborhood contextual studies, transportation and access, market and demographics and all the forces which should be taken into account to produce a successful.

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Program narratives identify and prioritize the values and goals that will impact design. It covers broad aims such as your purpose and growth objectives, in addition to more detailed-oriented spatial requirements needed to support your activities, events, and mission. The document typically includes function and sizing of rooms, spatial adjacencies, privacy acoustic, security and access, natural light, equipment and furnishings, and any additional information that can guide the project.

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In addition to pre-design and post-construction services, we offer complete design services that will transform an idea into a built project. This includes new construction, expansion, or renovations. Our design process is supported by drawings, physical models, renderings and BIM modeling software. We will collaborate throughout assuring that the final product aligns with your budget and needs.

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We advocate for post-occupancy surveys because we believe in the power of evidence and data to inform decisions. We stand behind our work and will evaluate a project during its lifetime. This study will provide your organization with valuable insight in addition to supporting building maintenance and facilities management efforts.

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Want to make the most of what you have? We can study your space and business operations in order to increase your team’s efficiency, productivity, and wellbeing. Beginning with an existing conditions survey and identification of current pain points, we will suggest spatial and strategic solutions that address your goals.

Our mission-driven design firm focuses on making good design accessible to all. The Design with a Mission toolkit is a free resource to support nonprofits with their most pressing design challenges. We are currently surveying Chicago-based nonprofits to identify how this resource can best amplify your impact. To participate, please complete this survey. Please join our mailing list for updates on the initiative and to be the first to receive the toolkit in your inbox.

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