Expert Insights

Faces: Meet David Fik

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David Fik is a Senior Strategist with the Ideation Group, located in Holland, Michigan. He researches how buildings affect and reflect the characteristics of the people that inhabit them and how best that effect can be aligned with business goals.

The New Work, Part I

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The last decade has seen unprecedented change, driven by technologies that have forever altered how and where we work, so that, not long from now, there won–â„¢t be offices –“ or at least, not offices as we understand them.

Teamwork & Collaboration

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Philip Ross is CEO of Cordless Group and UnWork.com and is an author, commentator, and consultant on the future of work. Through Unwork.com, 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

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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

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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?