Frequently Asked Questions for Designers

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How do I know if I’m ready to be a COG designer for a community project? 

If you have completed a level II class in landscape design, you are prepared to work with many of COG’s design projects. If you’re an advanced landscape design student, a recent graduate, or if you are already in practice, you are prepared to work with any of our community projects.

COGdesign welcomes graduates and students of any  recognized landscape design/architecture/history program. If a project interests you or you would like the transitional experience of working with COG, contact the COG Executive Director at 781-642-6662 or and talk about it.

How much time will the project require? 

Every project is different. In most cases, you can expect to commit to spending analysis and design time and

  • a site visit
  • an initial meeting with the client
  • one or two review meetings
  • a final presentation

Some clients may ask you for more, e.g. making a model, help with installation. At the beginning of the project we will help you assess what the time demands are likely to be.

What help will I get from COG?

We encourage you to take part in COG’s design reviews. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with other designers and landscape architects for feedback and problem solving. The COG Reviews are a place to share your work and your ideas with other designers. You’re also invited to contact COG’s Executive Director to talk about your project at any time. She can help you develop your contract and will take part in meetings and presentations when helpful.

Will I get paid for my services?

You should expect to work pro bono on a COG project. Your out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed by your client.

Does the community client pay for COG services? 

The community client pays a small application fee for COG services and covers your out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, the client will be actively involved in the project, meeting with you whenever necessary.

What can I expect to get out of this experience?

You will contribute your considerable skills to improving the community landscape. You will also and, empower and educate your community clients about design. In return, you will gain valuable field experience from managing a project and developing a responsive landscape design. You will complete your COG project with portfolio material, community and professional contacts, self confidence, and honed problem-solving skills. You’ll also be one of the community of designers taking part in the COG design reviews.

Does every project get built? 

No, but even projects which aren’t installed serve you and your client well. Your site analysis and design will unlock imaginations and alert people to the possibilities of their site. And you will have gained valuable experience working with clients and managing the project.