There have been a number of recent articles that point to the ills of open office space. These often take a Fox News approach (no relation) which is often myopic and fails to adequately balance the conversation. As an industry, about 5 years ago we went way too open. Now we realize that we need to have quiet spaces to balance that - Collaboration has become a very generic word - we collaborate and interact in a multitude of ways with a multitude of tools in a variety of spaces and settings.
We have seen a shift in how people work - a desk (any desk) is a limited tool - one tool can't provide all the work solutions. Just imagine the conversation if it were the opposite - all private offices. Today we look to include a variety of different types of workspace, or activity based work spaces and even external solutions. You move to the place that best supports the work
Congrats to Andy for winning a spot in BD+C’s 8th annual “40 under 40” competition. Of the award winners, Andy is one of three professionals based in Washington, DC. Read more about Andy in the magazine excerpt below:
April 16, 2013
Washington, DC – FOX Architects, an expert in commercial office design, today announced that it received two prestigious awards from the International Interior Design Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. During the 2013 Design Awards program, FOX was recognized for their CQ Roll Call and Sapient projects. These awards are the interior design industry’s premier program that recognizes IIDA members’ achievements and design innovations.
Bob Fox, Principal of FOX Architects, shared his excited about the firm’s wins sharing, “we are honored to receive such high profile awards. Our accomplishments speak to the success of FOX’s philosophy that the built environment is a business performance tool and we are proud of our extremely talented teams that worked on both projects.”
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The CQ Roll Call
FOX celebrates an evening with friends and colleagues in their new Virginia studio in McLean, VA. During the event, guests toured the 10,000-square-foot office which features a Design Lab and Ideation Center. The Design Lab and Ideation Center, a combined 1,458 square feet, are adaptable, active work spaces. Flocos spearheaded the effort to develop a comprehensive workplace strategy that replaced the firm's existing second-generation space. The new FOX Virginia studio is an open, activity-based environment that 96% of employees report has made them feel more energized and engaged, according to an initial post-occupancy survey. In addition, elements such as the interactive kinetic wall engage the senses through touch and sound. This is one of many design features that plays to the five sense, a unique approach to office design developed by Flocos.
“The entire design process
As the corporate workplace continues to shift and evolve the architecture and design industry is constantly flooded with workplace terminology – efficiencies, flexibility, organizational change, hoteling, benching, workplace standards…the list goes on. What does this mean and how does this apply to the office environment? Many industry professionals, including those heavily involved in commercial real estate decisions, know that they need to implement a strategy when reorganizing or reassessing their client’s requirements, but this is only half the battle. Organizations hear the buzz words and attempt to shoehorn their existing space and their existing workforce into a new configuration, new office or new program, and call this a “Workplace Strategy.” What’s missing is probably the most obvious component – the people. A well-executed Workplace Strategy ignores the buzz