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:
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
I’ve always been fascinated by the interactions that take place in the workplace and how the space can drive organizational performance. Recently I had the
Recently, FOX Architects’ founding partner Sabret Flocos, IIDA, LEED AP served as a juror for the Fentress Global Challenge. Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created to engage