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Our core offering is a unique mix of strategy and design to support, transform and develop the infrastructures that society and nature depend on.

our vision

Pilot Projects Design Collective (LLC)  and Pilot Projects Collaborative (Not for Profit) are design and systems thinking partners with a shared mission to catalyze big systemic changes. The firm, led by founder Scott Francisco, is made up of professional designers, planners, strategists, ecologists and craftspeople, all skilled at creating concrete, inventive and intentional solutions to challenging problems.

Our work encompasses a wide range of processes and deliverables, from the design of buildings, supply chain innovations, urban streetscapes, public spaces and new buildings, to brands, organizations and innovative workspaces. We also specialize in co-designing "communities of practice" and catalytic events that inspire collective action and culture change.

All of our work relies on working closely with clients and stakeholders to co-create solutions to unique and shared challenges. Guided by expert facilitation and visible constraints, our signature collaborative design processes aid in the creation of pilot projects and design solutions that are inclusive and sustainable.

services and sectors

Pilot Projects design work includes physical spaces, urban environments, forest restoration, organizations, services and products. And we apply design thinking to the symbols and systems that can be even more impactful. We believe design must address both infrastructure and culture to really work and view each of our projects as a catalyst for long-lasting change. Our services are designed to embrace the messy mix of people, places, communities and institutional hierarchies to create goal-surpassing outcomes. These services include urban design, environmental projects, office design and corporate consulting. Our clients range in size and cut across many sectors, from private entities—both for profit and not—to public agencies.

co-design workshop

Co-design Workshops are a facilitation and consulting service to help organizations understand, influence and redesign the systems that support their mission and goals.

We know that visible and invisible systems - each with their own function or purpose - support or thwart all organizational efforts. Working together we’ll explore these systems and decide how they can best be re-configured for better outcomes.

We organize half day and full day workshops with leaders and stakeholders that allow time for discovery and design action plans, with an emphasis on early incremental change that is visible and tangible. Rather than "master plans", we focus on creating new DNA that can be “planted” in pilot projects and other concrete actions, with the goal of long-term systemic growth and change.

All workshops are led by founder Scott Francisco whose twenty-five years as an urbanist, educator, researcher and designer give him depth and sensitivity in co-design, communications, and systems thinking. Scott has pioneered unique approaches to community design facilitation that pairs with his knowledge of physical, regulatory, communication and cultural infrastructures.

Fees for workshops vary with size and goals. For organizations needing to minimize financial risk, we offer the option of a goals-based fee structure where payment is made only after specific goals are achieved. Please inquire if you would like more details on this approach:

urban design

We are passionate about igniting and realizing a vision for the city that is inclusive, vibrant and human.  In a thriving city, public spaces offer the very best places for people to work and live. Their importance can not be overstated. At Pilot Projects, we believe that this merits comprehensive and continual improvement at all scales. Our intentionally inclusive design approach coalesces economic criteria, stakeholder needs, and research into best practices. This hands on method in conjunction with decades of urban design and planning experience allows us to produce public places that serve the people who rely on them while refining the policies that pattern land use for future generations.

natural systems, forests and climate

Our team has developed a special expertise at the interesection of natural environments and social systems. We create projects and programs that help conserve and restore natural environments at a variety of scales with diverse stakeholders. We work with city governments, businesses, donors, conservation organizations and community groups of all sizes. We help our clients creatively address their goals for conserving the natural environments on which all life depends. Services include climate action planning assistance, use of wood in low-carbon building, life cycle analysis, urban forest strategies, tropical forest restoration and conservation planning, and partner forest programs.

workspace design

Pilot Projects is founded on the belief that the spaces organizations inhabit have enormous impact on their culture and their effectiveness. We work with organizational leaders at all levels to clearly articulate and realize their vision in a tangible way. Our SANDBOX process empowers those who use office spaces to co-design their environment—allowing us to recognize tensions and recognize differences between departments. This creates workspaces that reflect complex needs, values, and goals and are supported by all.


We offer a large palette of consulting services for organizational development, environmental strategies, branding and product development. Consulting tools are geared toward producing real value that is directly aligned with an organizational mission, whether that be financial, human capital, ecological cultural or all of these together. Consulting services include ideation, visioning, product conceptualization and incubation, and various methods of visualization and measurement.

clients & collaborators

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