A changing company doesn’t always always mean new people and growing diversity. I and many of my co-workers are new parents (or soon will be), which poses its own unique challenges to the office.For #PWReBoston, we looked at how our current amenities support our growing staff of new parents, in particular new mothers.
A major part of the Office Re/Fresh is to test new ideas and see how they work with our space and culture. Before we order any new furniture or re-arrange what we have, we need to know what we need. We are currently conducting three pilot studies in the office: neighborhood, reception and hoteling cafe.
Within our re/fresh design investigations, we’ve focused on how to repurpose every available space in our current office environment. Every space has the opportunity to bring innovation, value, and foster creative entrepreneurial talent. In today’s industry, nothing is more invaluable to an architecture office than a true makerspace – a place dedicated to building, creating ideas, and generating knowledge.
Intuition tells us that we are not occupying all of our workstations all of the time. Client meetings, site visits, meetings with consultants and vendors. We are a mobile workforce with many people out of the office for various lengths of time. Our space utilization study was an exercise to quantify this intuition and determine if there is an opportunity to share workspace.
I began my career as an interior designer, but soon learned that my true talents and passion were in business development and, more recently, in workplace strategy—helping people find the resources and solutions that fit their needs. A few months into my new job as the Director of Business Development for Perkins+Will Boston, I signed up for another role, one for which I had a lot of enthusiasm but little direct experience: helping to lead, along with my colleagues Yanel de Angel and Kim Wong, a renovation of the office.