We approach design from the ground up. SED’s view of planning and design is a process that encourages a collaborative work setting. Whether we're working with community members, stakeholder groups or clients, we believe that everyone should be empowered to play a direct role in the planning and design process.


  • The removal of barriers to participation
  • Communication between different sectors and interests in the community, including government organizations and individuals.
  • The ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, simple form
  • Prioritization of issues by those most affected by the decision-making process
  • Greater local capacity for personalizing the decision-making process
  • Encouraging a participatory environment where buy-in can occur early in the process.