An idea can be a powerful thing. Like a seed, it can implant and grow over time, digging deep into its hosts’ psyche and if we’re lucky, growing as fast as the pesky red-tip photinia in my front yard. An idea has the power to change minds, to change history even, and is perfectly capable of sparking innovation under the right circumstances.
Over my 30 year career, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects with diverse project teams, complex programs, and challenging schedules – several of which could easily be consider “once in a lifetime” opportunities. I’ve also been fortunate that many of these projects have been performed in a collaborative team based approach that was an essential component of the successful delivery of these projects. READ MORE
It’s always extra gratifying when a project you’re working on embodies a personal passion, but when it involves two?!? That’s an architect’s dream. For me, this happened not too long ago when working on a headquarters renovation for tech giant, Symantec.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and competing for some of the best and brightest minds in the technology industry, Symantec understood from the very beginning that they would need to find ways to differentiate their workspace from the competition. Not an easy feat when you’re surrounded by the Googles and Apples of the world. Yet, Symantec realized the power of good design and that they had an opportunity to create an environment that would make a tangible and measurable difference in the lives of their employees. For us, and our partner firm AP+I, this was music to our ears. READ MORE
Not since Henry Ford pulled workers from the fields to the factories have we seen such a comprehensive change in the workplace as we are now experiencing. The most obvious changes are in how, when and where we work. To facilitate this change, strategists and designers have developed innovative workplace solutions that can respond, and even encourage, these new ways of working. READ MORE
This summer, I spoke at NeoCon World’s Trade Fair about exploring what happens when unlikely typologies and unprecedented ideas collide. Since then, I’ve begun diving even deeper in understanding the complexities of today’s world, our cities and how architecture can play a role in warping pure building types to create new and experiential solutions born from the intersection of innovation and unorthodox combinations and ideas related to “place”. I’d like to start a blog series to talk about Hybridity, why it’s important to our future and share some examples of those embracing this concept around the world, why it’s relevant and how the possibilities of the modern city and of urban places, realized through this new found freedom of invention, becomes endless. READ MORE
As we finish The Optimized Workplace series, it is fitting to wrap up with a discussion about space strategy and it impacts to the physical environment. It seems like for as long as we have been talking about the workplace, our clients have always been looking for ways to “optimize”, drive down costs, engage, attract and retain employees through their real estate portfolio planning. Today and looking towards the future is no different, except our industry has become more knowledgeable and insightful on best practices that influence how organizations can apply space strategy. Space continues to be one of the highest overhead costs for our clients. Organizations are moving towards a more dynamic planning approach that is constantly looking at the most efficient and effective space use.
Years ago, we started the tradition of helping our clients and friends welcome each New Year by sending them a post-holiday video greeting. This year’s video weaves together some of our favorite elements from past greetings. Using lots of voices and images from each of our offices, we focused on the magic that happens when we connect with each other.
Our industry research and dialogue continues to trend towards the significance of technology influence on every aspect of our lives. As we explore a robust technology strategy in the Optimized Workplace, below are a few metrics that promote this concept: READ MORE