When a synagogue or other organization contacts us, the first step is for us to gain an understanding of the scope of the work. That is, we need to 1) visit the site or 2) review architects drawings or 3) receive digital photos and dimensions. With this information, we can broadly discuss budgets and timelines.
The next step is for us to listen. We want to hear the context for the project. Is there a timeline, related to construction or to the liturgical calendar. Will the funds need to be raised. Is there a donor whose input will be critical. Is there a committee. What is the goal of the work. Is it to generate funds, beautify the facility, honor a memorial. Are there historical imperatives having to do with the congregation.
The third step is the dialogue. We share ideas for the concept or the theme with each other and generally discuss style, texts, preferences, as a group, in person, by Skype or conference call.
At this point we submit a contract for the work, delineating the costs and schedules.Upon receipt of the signed contract and a deposit, the amount based on a percentage of the whole job, we begin to put pencil to paper to work on the design.