Defining Freedom in the Workplace
There is a strong link between freedom and mobility in our societies whereby mobility is often an indicator of social advantage, this rings true also in our work environments and was the leading theme at a Mix Interior roundtable where our Design Strategist Jordan Jones recently took part.
Prototyping Design Fields Before the Big Plunge
When did we know what we wanted to be when we grew up? How do we know architecture, interior design, or even design strategy is the right path? These are some really daunting questions that college-bound students often are faced with today when making a decision before going off to college.
Culture Centred Design
Ever thought about knocking 10 years off your age, taking on a totally different personality, finding a new job, and settling into a new role? Maybe you've always dreamed of becoming a CFO or trying your hand at IT support? Well, that was literally the experience of participants who attended this year's ICL City Conference. Facilitated by HLW's Senior Strategist Hannah Beveridge, attendees temporarily immersed themselves in new job titles and responsibilities to inform the planning of an imaginary workplace
7 Factors of Great Office Design
we recently published an article in the Harvard Business Review about how we give clients a design language they can use to imagine a more strategic workplace. In the article we share two short case studies of our work with Adobe and Yodle and how we helped them create optimal work settings that support the needs of their people.
Round Table Discussion: Food in the Workplace
“Food in the workplace” signifies different things for different companies. At the end of 2015, our team, clients, and other participants gathered in the New York Inscape Showroom to “dish out” the meaning and significance of one’s food experience at work. The discussion covered a broad range of topics, from reoccurring to new food trends, recommendations and best practices for food integration during the standard 9-5 work day, and ultimately, where food in the workplace is headed in the coming years.
Agile Design from A to Z
As architects who specialize in workplace design, we have seen the birth and the slow rise to fame of Agile work methodologies. Initially implemented in the tech sector but later embraced by other sectors, Agile methods have proven to be attractive for their flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness. In a world of accelerated change, individuals in finance, consumer products, and commercial industries are the emerging champions of this new way of working.
Reworking the Workplace: New Attitudes in Office Design
Original presentation by Liz Burow as part of the AIA panel on Office Design/Workplace Strategy, September 29th, at the Knoll Showroom, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. Moderated by Susan Szenasy, editor, Metropolis Magazine.
In an era where everyone is asking, “What does an innovative workplace look like?” it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find exceptional examples that truly break the mold. YouTube Space NY is one of these exceptions.
Living the Brand through Strategic Workplace Design
HLW Director of Strategy and Discovery Liz Burow led a lively panel discussion with several of our client partners: Eric Ho, Manager of Culture and Outreach at Capital One, Adam Lutz, Real Estate Project Executive at Google, Denise Burke, Eastern Regional Manager of Adobe, and Nico Curtis, a designer at Graham Hanson Design. The discussion covered a range of topics from new approaches to brand expression to identifying key components that contribute to a company’s overall brand. Note, broad discussion ideas, as well as participants’ specific comments, are included in this article.
Determining Workplace Effectiveness
We Are What We Measure
I recently traveled to Philadelphia to attend and participate in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference, an annual ritual and gathering of industrial and organizational psychologists, HR leaders, and experts on organizational change. Several sessions on workplace assessments and analytics were among the many great discussions I attended.
9 Tips for Planning Great Workplace Amenities
As the battle rages over the merits (and demerits) of the open office, some of our savviest partners are focusing their energy on the spaces beyond workstations, offices, and conference rooms—what can be called “the third places.” To our minds, to refer to these spaces as amenities is a misnomer. Cafés and food service areas, training suites, and fitness centers are in reality necessities for the 21st century office, a critical part of keeping your teams happy, healthy, and engaged.
Integrating Intelligent Ergonomics
HLW places a high value on researched-based design, in which rigorous empirical evidence informs our client deliverables. Given the increasing focus on workplace health and wellness, a flurry of new information and research has emerged regarding sitting, standing, walking, running – even surfing. As a result, it is easy to get caught up with the latest products and trends regardless of their effectiveness. We recently synthesized some of the latest and most relevant findings from the myriad of available articles, reports, and publications to help clear up the confusion for both clients and designers alike. To help differentiate between the hype and the facts, we briefly summarize below what we learned.
What Tech Tenants Want
A Guide to What Technology Organizations are Looking for When Leasing
Tech clients are leading the way when it comes to thinking and acting differently in the workplace. Across the board, they are setting new standards for workplace design that are reaching far into best practices across all sectors. As brokers, developers, and designers set out to create the next workplace of the future for their clients, they should consider these tech-inspired game changers.
Change in Your Workplace
Demystifying Change Management at HLW's Round Table
Author: Mat Triebner, Senior Design Strategist
In an effort to foster a healthy discussion on relevant workplace themes, HLW established the Round Table Series. These events are an opportunity to bring together our clients and industry experts for informal, intimate conversations on trends in the workplace.
Last week marked the inaugural Round Table for 2015. Hosted by Steelcase at the company’s WorkLife Center in Manhattan, the evening event brought our clients, HLW team members, and new faces to the table for a lively chat on workplace change. The discussion took on the challenges and drivers of workplace change, including what tactics can help smooth the transition to a new workplace environment.
Some Guides for Healthy Change
HLW Approach to Change Management
Authored by Matthew Treibner, Matthew Weiss, and Amelia Saberwal, Illustrations by JingHang Huang
With the New Year comes change. Resolutions, aspirations, and fresh starts become quickly contagious as they spread from the general public through the front door of small and big businesses alike. As workplace strategists, we stand witness to these businesses as they cautiously navigate the tricky terrain of introducing new ideas and spaces into the workplace. And what has proven to be an even bigger challenge is the implementation of these changes in such a way that uplifts, rather than upheaves, the daily flow of business. All in all, we know it’s hard. To get you started off on the right foot we would like to give a sneak peak at some guides for healthy change.
Positive Impacts Associated with the Open Office
Clients often ask us if flexible open plan workspace is effective. While “effective” workspace means different things to different organizations, we have broadly discovered a number of benefits that an open office design can provide to a wide range of organizations. We did our homework to see what other research has been done in the field.
Strategy & Discovery
MASH UP MADNESS
These days the mash up is everywhere. While musicians compose aggregated scores of entirely classical, commercial and underground samples, new age authors draft elaborate plots of cowboys and Indians dueling on Mars. In the world of space planning, designers and strategists are jumping on the same bandwagon to create some surprisingly rich and dynamic experiences powered by the pairing of highly unexpected programs and space types.
The Academic Workplace: A Place for Deep Thinking, Collaboration and Connecting
The recent SCUP conference offered many opportunities to hear college and university leaders discuss how they continue to evolve the learning landscape. Academic learning environments are often seen, at first glance, through the lens of the classroom. Although instructional space provides students with opportunities for rich experiences, it only accounts for a fraction of the space on a typical campus.
Faculty and administrator workspace is a sizable but, at times, overlooked variable in the broader equation of the student experience.
By taking a closer look at the purpose of a workplace on campus, it’s possible to see how we can continue to improve the learning landscape not only through how we learn, but also through how we work.
What Active Learning Has in Common with Today’s Engaged Workplaces
Last week I attended the annual SCUP conference where the subject of active learning was vigorously discussed. Active learning means that instead of faculty and other teachers didactically transferring information to students and hoping that they learn something, students take more active responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers. Active learning realigns the relationship between students and faculty as well as among student peer groups, and it also assumes that students are renegotiating the spatial and virtual learning environment in new ways. More importantly, as students increasingly become familiar with this type of learning experience, they will be more prepared to work in some of the most progressive organizations that are embracing new workplace paradigms.