Thursday03 September 2015

Video: Workplace architects discuss the future of office design

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IE School of Architecture launches master’s in workplace design

The next generation of workplace architects will need to design offices to allow collaboration between organisations, not just between departments, a conference at the RIBA heard last week.

They will also need to consider workers’ psychological as much as their ergonomic needs, said Jeremy Myerson, director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, which is co-hosting a new master’s in workplace design with Spanish university IE.

“Psychological comfort in workplaces will be most significant factor in the coming years,” he said.

“There are huge changes in workspace design and we are going to need a new type of architect to deal with those changes with a new skillset and new knowledge base.”

The conference at Portland Place was held to coincide with the launch of the master’s which will accept its first intake in February.

What’s Next in Workspaces? Designing with Change included Martha Thorne from IE School of Architecture & Design as well as executive director of the Pritzker Prize, as well as experts from both sides of the Atlantic.

Simon Jordan of Jump Studios, Philip Tidd from Gensler and John Worthington of DEGW and the Academy of Urbanism shared their vision on changing forces and trends in workspace design.

Work Space Design: Change in the Office



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  • Good to see this and also the response of academia.

    The boundaries between 'work' time and 'worker' time have been waning for some time now. At the same time, organisations & their employees are keen to find ways that increase the productive time to get most out of what they can have...

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    The office, as a typology, is destined to disappear.

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