R Brian Nelson Architectural Design for Santa Ynez Valley


Brian is a specialized architect who pays attention to the details. When you work with Brian, you not only work on the building, but the services and operations of the facility as well.

Brian designs to fit the needs of the mission and the clients. He considers all the functions of the buildings and gets into the details of the operations.  That way he can design a building that allows services to flow. He asks the hard questions and makes his clients consider why we do certain functions.

Brian’s value is not just in his design work, but in all the other things he brings to the table.
City Gospel Rescue Mission

FAQ   (Frequently   Asked   Questions)

Q: Should we hire a local architect? Don't they all know how to design a Rescue Mission?

A: Yes, you need a local architect, but also need an expert in Rescue Mission design. I like to use the analogy of taking your Mercedes into a VW mechanic to be worked on: they ask, aren't they both cars, with an engine, doors, windows, a transmission, carburetor...? Yes, but the VW mechanic doesn't have the expertise, tools, parts, and specific knowledge to do the best job for you. The same goes for a Rescue Mission design: it is not a church, a home, an apartment, a commercial building...! Yes it has walls, doors, windows, offices, a chapel, dorms, etc., but how it functions is different than all those other types of buildings. With my expertise and background in the design phase, and working in conjunction with a local architect, you will get the very best facilities and the highest return on your investment.

Q: Won't it cost more to have you come and design our facility and hire a local architect?

A: No! In the long run, it will save you money, plus time and frustration.  Because I have worked with so many ministries, I am able to be so efficient with my time and fees, that even after combining my fees with the local architects, you will actually end up paying less; in the long run, the fees for architecture is a very, very small portion of the overall costs.

Q: We have a local architect who will donate his services Shouldn't we just use him?

A: See the first question.  Also, it will probably cost more in the long run due to their lack of experience and the facilities will not function as well. It might be like you living in a house for a long time that you really don't like how it works for your family, but you will make do because it costs less.

Q: What specific experience do you have in Rescue Ministry?

A: I have worked with over 75 Ministries across the US, Canada, and Jamaica. I have been the Chairman of the Board for 3 Rescue Missions, the Executive Director of Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, I was on the Board of AGRM for 7 years and co-founder for 2 Rescue Missions.  I have conducted many Board/Task Force retreats, lead meetings and motivational seminars for RM staff.

Q: What do you typically do on your first visit and what will we have in our hands to use after you leave?

A: I like to say, "I will ask a thousand questions" of you, your staff, and the Board, and then I will write an executive summary which usually includes estimated square foot numbers and acreage required for any new/expanded facilities, a review of your budget and expected capital campaign amount, and I will write a "Next Steps" outline for tasks to be performed with projected dates for completion and who will complete each item. Plus I conduct a bi-weekly conference call that includes all the team players.

Q: What is the next step after your first visit?

A: The conceptual design (I actually get to put on my architect's hat) which includes a colored site plan, floor plans and exterior color renderings for use in a capital campaign and for presentations to your donors. I will also guide you in applying for grants on a national basis. I will design the facilities to help get you those grants by presenting your case clearly and graphically.

Q: What personal ministries are you involved in outside of Rescue Missions?

A: I attend, and I am a volunteer staff, at The Ranch Church (a Calvary Chapel Church), where I co-chair the Missions Committee.  God has given me a heart for short term missions, especially doing "make-overs" on pastor's homes.  So far I have led teams to Molokai, Honolulu, and Maui, Hawaii, Vail, Colorado and our own pastor's garage.  I have been on missions trips to Jamaica, Australia (twice), and Mexico (6 times).  I was a High School youth leader in our church for 5 years.

Q: My question to you is ...

How can God use me and what He has taught me to help your ministry? .............

More questions?    Please contact me.
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