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.
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.
Using Food to Build Healthy Communities for Working and for Learning
We all eat. Food is a universal experience that brings people together and builds and sustains healthy communities. Sometimes, we celebrate the food experience through the mindful planning and enjoying of meals. But, many times we succumb to the realities of “dining al desko”—eating alone, at our desks, while working or studying.
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.
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.
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.
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.