Supporting Change through Design: Transformative Work Environments

(By: Mary Beth Di Figlia, AIA)

North Shore Sunset

A transformative work environment, I believe, aims us toward a different condition, a new way of inhabiting a place of work and a new way of communicating with each other. It is one which recognizes that what we’ve done even just a few years ago is not appropriate to replicate because so many current influencers were not part of the criteria which gave rise to that solution. A transformative work environment recognizes it needs to act as a flexible conduit for communication and should strive to be an enabling backdrop for the human activities contained within and elsewhere.

My passion and my creative interests today are focused on creating transformative work environments. It is my firm belief that now is the time to rethink and evolve the design of the workplace to better align with our virtual reality. Through a series of postings I will share observations, raise issues, question norms and hopefully encourage a dialogue about crafting a new equation for defining the next generation work environment.

My perspective as an architect and my professional experience allows me to advocate for the well designed workplace to bring significant value both to employees and business by addressing their challenges. Today’s biggest challenges spring from the rapid shift in where and how we work, the need to reduce our carbon footprint, and economic directive to streamline and innovate to drive business.

Using design and the workplace as a medium to assist companies and their employees perform better and succeed is the goal. To do that we need to help companies conceive of and build more effective workplaces. Places which do more to support corporate agility, address under-utilization, reduce their operating costs and carbon footprint, more deeply engage technology to support collaboration, and better include remote workers to embrace the future ways of working.

Upcoming topics to watch for:

  • Integrating technology
    • Human centered
    • Tools and toys
  • Location – Location –Location
    • Distributed work
    • Right-sizing
  • Creating a frame of reference
    • Modeling ideas
  • Non verbal communication
    • Validating the importance of work PLACE
  • Innovation happens out in the open
    • Visible collaboration
  • Leveraging Trends and Best practices
    • Higher Ed learning spaces
    • Libraries
    • Co-working environments
    • Home offices
  • Designing in the Dialectic
    • Big picture business drivers
    • Individual performance enhancers
  • Variety, Choice, and Personalization
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4 Responses to “Supporting Change through Design: Transformative Work Environments”
  1. Tom McNamara says:

    I personally already see a paradigm shift in “where we work”. Although I, like many have the cube assignment, “where” I work is way beyond that environment, and I need that space integrated with the other 240 degrees of virtual workspace that has evolved as my total environment. I think technology can be architecture, and these building spaces need to evolve around that philosophy….. you asked!

  2. I am intrigued and will hope to follow your thoughts. And someday, your lead! Happy Holidays.

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