Fast Company recently reported on a two part series regarding open office design. On November 6 they first reported on, “How to Create an Open Office that is More Awesome for Both Introverts and Extroverts” making a claim for open office spaces. Reporter Anaji Mullaney makes a case for Fast Company’s open office space, and while she admits the office could have approached the layout differently she does say that the open layout has contributed to:
- Less cluttered inbox
- An open office plan is less intimidating
- They foster collaboration
- Creating a library effect. Break down partitions for a quieter space!
- and possibly most importantly, it gets upper-level managers out of their office and encourages interaction across the board.
It sounds great, right? Well, Fast Company then reported “You’re not Alone: Most People Hate Open Offices,” referencing a University of Sydney study which discovered that ease of communication does not outweigh the lack of privacy. The Harvard Business Review took the findings and placed them into charts highlighting the dissatisfaction of those in enclosed offices as compared to those in open office layouts. Some of the results are illustrated below:
Workers reported that their personal space was “most important,” and not having an enclosed office affected their workplace happiness and productivity.
The bridge between the articles is that they both put forth theories for finding a balance between group “collaboration and solitary exploration.” After all, that’s what work is in concept; we work with others, and we work alone – often doing one more than the other, depending on one’s position and industry or merely the day of the week. The key is balance, and everyone’s balance – or where they operate in their most professionally productive and personally fulfilling sense – is different.
Today, the topic of work and workplace is extremely important as more individuals desire a voice in how their working environment is designed. Often, this degree of individual involvement and personally-focused kind of work environment leads the interior design down a path of creating a hybrid, living-work environment, like that depicted in Herman Miller’s newest “Living Office” system.
This system, or series of systems, begets options for individuals, whether it is for collaboration, personal retreat, relaxing, thinking, etc. It caters to the individual by blending living space with office resources. Thus, with the lines between living and work and space continually being blurred, the challenge is not siding with “open office” or “no open office,” but rather finding the intersection between the two that converges both sides of the argument, effectively and meaningfully.
The IIDA Northern California Chapter in partnership with Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) recently rennovated The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (the Prevention Center), a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in San Francisco.
In recognition of the vital importance of protecting San Francisco’s children, Pankow and IIDA NC dedicated significant time and resources to upgrade the Prevention Center’s home, a former firehouse, built in 1895. Renovations will enable the Center to offer a safer, more inviting and accessible place for vulnerable children and families. Each year, the Prevention Center serves 15,000 parents, children and providers by offering one-on-one services, educating the community and building city-wide connections and partnerships.
Renovations to the Prevention Center include expanded reception and waiting room areas, improved client counseling rooms with sound-proof walls for greater privacy, a remodeled children’s therapeutic playroom and expanded staff work spaces. In addition, the remodel includes seismic remediation.
To get involved with the IIDA Northern California Chapter, visit their site for more information!
IIDA Georgia, IIDA’s Large Chapter of the Year, recently spent a day with the interior design and architecture students of Maxwell High School of Technology.
IIDA Chapter leaders created a student charette in which students were faced with the task of designing Maxwell High School’s front office–a space in need of updating and refurbishing. Charged with creating their designs in three hours, student groups were quickly paired with professionals and given access to Teknion’s showroom, Sherwin Williams and Interface product samples.
Students collaborated with their professionals, sketched and assessed product all before presenting their finished designs to a panel of judges. The winning team included interior design students: Melissa Bautista-Martinez, Curry Reach, and Erika Gordon, and architecture students: CJ Clark and Ahsan Houston.
If you would like to get involved with the IIDA Georgia Chapter, or if you are interested in upcoming events, please visit their website at www.iidageorgia.org
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IIDA Announces Best of Asia Pacific Category Winners
Last week, IIDA announced the category winners of its inaugural Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards Competition. The competition seeks to recognize and honor the highest level of creativity and design excellence in Interior Design/Architecture in the Asia Pacific region. The winning projects will be honored and celebrated at an awards reception at the Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, where the Best of Competition winner will be announced. For a look at the category winners, visit the Best of Asia Pacific image gallery online here.
Save the Date: Student Sustainable Design Competition
Student Members are advised to keep Oct. 1, 2013, in mind as the opening date of the 2013 Student Sustainable Design Competition. The competition celebrates original sustainable design and rewards students whose projects demonstrate consistent, creative sustainable principles, and is an excellent opportunity for emerging professionals to raise their profiles for their innovative and fresh ideas. Cash prizes will be awarded, with the winner receiving $1,500 and the runner-up $1,000. A People’s Choice award will also be designated, with that winner receiving an Apple iPad and a free one-year IIDA Membership. The 2013 Student Sustainable Design Competition is sponsored by Interface.
For more information and to learn how to enter, visit the competition site here.
2014 Membership Renewal Reminder
Don’t pass up the benefits of an IIDA Membership that includes reduced rates for events and CEUs, networking and access to the IIDA Career Center. Renew by Oct.16, 2013 and you will be entered in a drawing for a FREE 2015 Membership. The winner will be announced in Design Matters in November. Renew now! For more information, contact email@example.com.
Cheryl Durst to Appear at INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2013
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, will present and moderate a panel discussion also featuring Heleen van Gent (AkzoNobel) and Leyton Reid (Interior Educators). “Blurring the Boundaries” will address the gradually obscuring borderlines between Art, Architecture and Design, and how cross-disciplinary partnerships across those lines may be integral to the development of a full-service design approach.
IIDA Offerings at NeoCon East 2013
NeoCon East 2013 is rapidly approaching, and attendees can look forward to a robust program of IIDA activities and events. IIDA will be at booth 2300 at the Baltimore Convention Center at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Md., and will include the NeoCon East Booth Design Award Competition, Student Career Bootcamp and a Government Forum. Further details on all IIDA events at NeoCon 2013 will be available soon.
Healthcare Presenters Still Sought for EdSpaces Webinar Series
IIDA is still eager to hear from Members who are willing and able to share their perspectives on Healthcare Design as part of an upcoming webinar series hosted as part of our ongoing partnership with Healthcare Design magazine. The series, scheduled for Dec. 4-5, 2013, at EdSpaces in San Antonio, Texas, will draw on topics such as Sustainability, EBD, Acute Care, Healing Gardens and more. If you are interested in sharing your experience, please submit your interest and topic for consideration to Director of Continuing Education Ely Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne-Marie Gianoudis to Judge 2013 IDEC Interior Design Video Competition
IIDA International Board Member Anne-Marie Gianoudis, IIDA, LEED AP, has been selected to serve as juror for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) 2013 Interior Design Education Video Competition. This worldwide competition is open to Interior Design students, educators and practitioners, and asks entrants to create a short video based on the theme: How does Interior Design education intersect with the practice of Interior Design? Anne-Marie will serve on a panel of judges also to include members from IDEC, CIDA and NCIDQ. For more information on the competition and to enter, visit the IDEC 2013 Interior Design Competition webpage here.