Planning and architectural design begin by assimilating needs of program, site, fund-raising, budgets, and implementation. Practical issues are placed on a pedestal at Centerbrook. Solving a project’s functional requirements is viewed as an absolute requirement before any architectural honor can be truly deserved.

To advance its humanist bent, Centerbrook invites stakeholders and users to become involved in the early stages of projects through the use of trademark participatory workshops. Workshops range from modest to extensive and even have included interactive television shows pressing whole urban populations to the planning of their cities. Fundamental to all Centerbrook’s workshops is identification of design options and a friendly ear for participants’ preferences.