Expert Insights

Teamwork & Collaboration


The future of the workplace is evolving into a playground of possibilities. Collaboration of multiple parties was not the norm 20 years ago. The sole purpose in the business world was to get yourself ahead, not bring others along with you.

The Workplace of Tomorrow


I believe we are sitting at an important crossroads in the life and evolution of the workplace. This crossroads offers us a route of change and opportunity that we cannot afford to ignore. These changes are fundamental and they have the potential to change everything. We should also not underestimate the effects of liberation driven by flexible information technology and a new generation of workers.

Faces: Meet Jim Williamson


Jim Williamson is Principal, Studio Director, and a practicing Interior Designer at Gensler in the Washington, DC, office. He is the incoming President Elect of the International Board of IIDA and has recently served as Development Chair and President of the IIDA Mid Atlantic Chapter.

Where You Do Your Work Doesn’t Matter Anymore


The internet, video conferencing, and cloud-based networks all enable us to have interactions and to share information with people halfway around the world — or simply across the room. Location has, in many instances, become a non-factor in how we connect with people.

Faces: Meet John Malnor


Things like coworking, shared spaces, and pay per use models are just beginning to emerge, but will become for many the reality of their working lives. Converging trends of changes in our ability to be always connected, the social acceptance of working in a variety of spaces, and a shift in business toward results vs. effort are all combining to create a wave of change.

Faces: Meet Philip Ross


Philip Ross is CEO of Cordless Group and and is an author, commentator, and consultant on the future of work. Through, Philip aims to challenge the status quo and look forward to a new world of work. He’s driven by the “six pack” of forces — demographics, culture, technology, sustainability, travel/the city and workplace/property.

Faces: Meet Greg Tew


In the first of our series on people in our industry, we’re introducing you to Virginia Tech’s Greg Tew.

In his own words, Greg describes how he’s working to make an impact on the next generation of designers, dreamers, and employees.

Observations on the Evolution of Workplace Design


By Jennifer E. Klein, AIA, Principal, DBI Architects, Inc.
I believe that, as architects and designers, we must communicate and collaborate with our clients to understand their work style and effectively design for their culture. And throughout my experience, these three themes still resonate: (1) Cultural change needs to come from the top, (2) Form should follow function, and (3) Less is always more.

But what are your experiences telling you?


What if Designers Commit to Local Culture?


With instant-communication based technologies increasingly becoming commonplace across the planet, we are beginning to see global — rather than local, regional, or national — design aesthetics emerge. So perhaps in the near future, elements like national pride, local climate, immediate geographical factors, and regional materials will not inspire our work as commercial designers.

But what if we re-commit to intensely cultural design?

The IPD Process: What the Heck is It?


FOX Architects recently completed a project with Balfour Beatty Construction for their new offices in Fairfax, Virg., by way of the IPD process.

What is IPD, you ask? How does it benefit the project in the long run?

I had those very same questions and went straight to the sources, Nicole Antil- Sr. Project Designer and Genelle McDonald- Chief Estimator for Balfour Beatty Construction. Read on and find out what they had to say about IPD.

Back to the Foosball


When the recession hit, employers buckled down by rallying their troops to keep their heads down and make great things happen. As part of that resolve, it wasn’t uncommon to see perks like the office Wii gathering dust — after all, “playing” when you were lucky to have a job didn’t seem tasteful.

But now we’re seeing the re-emergence of play in the office — and, hopefully, what it’s revealing to employers is that having a release isn’t just “cool” for culture, but a real part of productivity.