Scott Francisco hiking through a mayan ruin (El Peten, Guatemala) on Brooklyn Bridge Forest Project

About Us

Our Vision: Co-create a better world.

Pilot Projects Design Collective LLC is a design and consulting firm founded on the belief that small things, well designed, can catalyze big systemic changes. The firm, led by founder Scott Francisco, is made up of professional designers, strategists and craftspeople, all skilled at creating concrete, inventive and intentional solutions to challenging problems.



Services and Sectors

Pilot Projects designs physical spaces, environments, services and products—but at the same time we apply our design thinking to the symbols, values, knowledge and behaviors that are often even more impactful. We believe design must address both infrastructure and culture to really work. We view each of our projects as a catalyst for long-lasting change. We thrive in the complexity of real-world problems, where diverse systems interconnect and overlap. Our services are designed to embrace the messy mix of people, spaces, communities, policies and infrastructures to create goal surpassing outcomes. These services include urban design, 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.

Cityspace Design

For many of us, public places are our living rooms, cafeterias and gymnasiums. At Pilot Projects, we believe that this merits comprehensive and continual improvements. Our signature SANDBOX methodology, which coalesces economic criteria, stakeholder needs, and our continued research into best practices, allows us to produce public places that serve the people who rely on them.

Workspace Design

Pilot Projects is predicated in part on the believe that latent spatial improvements are all around us—both indoors and outdoors. Our SANDBOX allows us to produce better spaces at the office, where most of us spend the majority of our waking hours. It allows us to recognizes tensions and reconcile differences between departments, creating workspaces that are supported by all and sustained into the future.


Aside from spatial planning and design, we offer a large palette of consulting services for brands and products. We believe that an organized ideaspace is as important as organized workspace. Consulting tools are geared toward producing aesthetic and economic improvement throughout an organization. Consulting services include product conceptualization and incubation, information visualization, and visioning.

Client History

The Smithsonian Institution | US General Services Administration | Google | Disney | Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | ABC News | NBC Telemundo | Alexandria Properties: East River Science Park | Government of Alberta | GlaxoSmithKline | Omnicom | The Gap | Young Harris College | Life University | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | SUNY Buffalo | Deloitte | Bank Street College of Education | Open Society Institute (George Soros Foundation)  | The Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group | The Perseus Books Group | Yale University Press | NNSA | Pinebridge Investments 

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