General Consulting Assistance


Not all clients seek traditional design services.  In many instances, tailored services are necessary, or unique and special services are required.  With more than 30 years of practice experience, RAFI has learned how to assist clients resolve these needs quickly and economically.

In terms of General Consulting, RAFI offers these services to clients:

  • Capitalizing projects through strategic planning, marketing and feasibility studies

  • Assistance with planning and zoning entitlements, building code analyses and working through complex ordinances and regulations

  • Facilitating jurisdictional, community and neighborhood meetings

  • Creating specification packages, providing plans checking and peer reviews

  •  Preparing renderings, specialized drafting packages, color studies and material selections

  • Analyzing property to identify what makes a potential new site work best

  • Assistance in choosing the best tenant location and space possible


RAFI also helps clients resolve Special Assistance Needs including:

  • Negotiating with insurance adjusters over property losses

  • Helping clients lower current demands for energy and water

  • How to incorporate the values of natural day-lighting

  • How to use shade to reduce air-conditioning loads

  • How to reduce outdoor temperatures and the heat island effect naturally

  • How to eliminate dangerous VOC’s indoors

  • How to incorporate solar and wind energy for electrical power and hot water heating; and,

  • How to repair and significantly extend the useful life of roofs 

Development & Feasibility

Strategic Economic Development and Feasibility Investigations


Private sector, public sector and non-profit clients frequently need assistance with a range of strategic planning and economic development studies; and investigations that focus on the financial feasibility of capital investments towards real property improvements.  Strategic plans evolve from a thorough Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis, where clients already possess a strong Vision and Mission statement, along with goals and timely objectives.

            At the community development level RAFI strongly supports uncovering ways to expand and build upon a community’s existing values, culture, strengths, resources and economic environment rather than expending valuable resources to attract external interests that ultimately shifts profits and local wealth elsewhere.  Growing local businesses to broaden the market’s access to goods and services keeps profits at home where they translate to greater local economic sustainability, more jobs and recirculating money.

            For non-profit organizations, life and sustainability relies upon the organization’s ability to raise funds and resources for local programs and services that fill the gaps between goods, services and employment the private sector offers and services and assistance government provides.  Remaining sustainable often requires obtaining new sources of income to meet the community’s needs.

When undertaking strategic economic development investigations tasks are tailored by RAFI to respond to each client’s specific needs:

  • An introductory segment identifies the project background, demographic and market characteristics, those the investigation serves, the issues the investigation addresses and other relevant task related information

  • The introduction is followed by a description of the study’s purpose that addresses and defines the investigation’s vision, mission, any participating partners and the roles each play

  • With a basic understanding of where the project is directed and what it expects to accomplish, a SWOT analysis is performed supported by representatives of all parties and partners in assessing current conditions and how the project moves forward     

  • Results of the analysis produces a clearly defined current environment, defined short-term expectations and achievements, an initial action plan, timeline and a list of resources to address needs early on; and determinations as how to manage and monitor progress, and how to use data to drive decision making and financial feasibility

  • In addition to competitive advantages, the SWOT analysis identifies a shared vision with a revised, more clearly defined vision, mission, goals, strategic priorities, longer-range timeframes, recognized financial obligations and pro-forma, extended strategic objectives and how the project will be monitored and managed   

  • The final segment of the investigation thoroughly addresses the project’s accountability, rewards and consequences

Past projects have assisted developers, businesses seeking expansion, community development agencies and non-profit organizations developing new properties for housing their organization and organizational programs across Nevada and in California and Colorado.       

Forensic & Attorney Assistance 

Forensic Investigations and Assistance to Attorneys


Having worked with public agencies, building officials, codes, ordinances, and regulations for more than 30 years, RAFI is often contracted by clients and attorneys for assistance with resolving design and construction issues.  The firms’ practice experience is strengthened through its service to the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design (NSBAIDRD), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB,) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) where Dr. Fielden has acted as a Board Member and chair of state, regional and national committees overseeing professional licensure, competence, practice and professional conduct for licensed architects in the United States and Canada. 


Dr. Fielden was also instrumental in helping China structure architectural education, training and examinations equivalent to those administered by the NCARB in the US and Canada.  In addition to helping local jurisdictions revise and develop contemporary planning and zoning ordinances, Dr. Fielden has served on state and national code committees dealing with the intricacies of adopting code changes.


The firm’s experience with complex Forensic investigations include:


  • Foundation settlements and exterior wall separations

  • Uncovering roof leakages, insect Infestations and the outbreak of mold

  • Tracing fire damages, structural wall and roof failures, and uncovering the use of improper construction materials and methods

  • Restoring severely damaged buildings and structures       


Investigations and findings are described in highly comprehensive, detailed reports supported by graphics and expert testimony when required.  Most reports are used by clients or their attorney’s in negotiating or arbitrating losses with insurance companies.


In other instances, defense attorneys engage RAFI and its professional staff for assistance with investigative research, documentation, findings, reports, depositions and testimony pertaining to litigation associated with design and construction cases.  Beyond responding to help clarify statutory professional practice issues, queries often pertain to appropriate licensing and registration, professional conduct, standards of professional care - and complex nuances relative to incompetent professional performance, negligence and gross negligent actions. 


With these cases as in construction defect litigation, RAFI is called upon to provide interpretations and understandings of statutes, regulations, ordinances, established procedures, and codes relating to roles and responsibilities of various parties participating in the construction process – or project in question.  With its consulting assistance, RAFI performs site investigations, document reviews, interim and final reports, and collaboration with other expert consultants associated with the case to help strengthen the defending attorney’s arguments.  Past cases include trials in state and federal courts.

RAFI’s assistance with forensic investigations and to attorneys date back more than two decades. Its experience includes helping to negotiate and arbitrate with insurance companies; address construction negligence litigation in Nevada, Colorado and Texas; helping to defend the City of Mesquite, Nevada in federal court and in defending licensed design professionals in several instances in Nevada.  In every circumstance but three, negotiations between attorneys using documented evidence from RAFI’s reports have led to resolving litigation prior to trial.  In the first instance where negotiations failed the case went to trial in federal court, the City of Mesquite prevailed; in the second instance, the attorney RAFI assisted defending a licensed Nevada architect prevailed, with the architect receiving a significant financial judgement from the jury.  In the third case, the District Judge ruled against the attorneys prior to trial and dismissed the case in favor of the defendant.  This case was appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court where the lower judge was overruled in favor of the client and attorneys RAFI assisted.  In the court’s rulings, it referred to evidence contained in RAFI’s report.   Prior to retrial in District Court and directions to the judge, attorneys for both parties negotiated a mutually agreed upon undisclosed settlement for the client.


With each new engagement assisting attorneys or in performing a forensic investigation, RAFI builds upon its professional knowledge, skills, abilities and experience to provide highly valued contributions – to all clients seeking help.