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By Andrew Laing, PhD, Director, DEGW
I was very excited to be invited to share DEGW’s thinking about the corporate workplace at a conference about “Future Learning Environments – How Space Impacts on Learning” held at the Nobel Forum of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden on the 3-5th June.  The presentations and discussion focused on inter-professional education in the medical field. The demand for change is driven by the need to challenge the misalignment between specialized medical buildings and spaces and the growing need to enable team based inter-disciplinary and inter professional learning. How to better align the design of space with emerging curriculum and pedagogy? Read the rest of this entry »


photo: Interior Design Magazine

By Katie Boothroyd
The UNWIRED WORKTECH11 Conference was held this fall at the new Nokia workplace in Sunnyvale, California. Many experts in their respective fields came to discuss and learn about topics including the future of the workplace and spatial considerations, what’s important for attracting and retaining talent, and how to “rationally” integrate virtual and mobile working into one’s work schedule.

This was my first time attending a WORKTECH conference so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Below are a few “take-a-ways” from the event: Read the rest of this entry »

By Emily Golembiewski
Recently, I attended the Global Service Design Conference with colleague Katie Boothroyd, client Greg Petroff, our favorite service design drinks host Jamin Hegeman, and a host of other wonderful folks. The service design community is truly international, and it cuts across academic, public and private industries.

Jeff Pollard from McDonald’s opened the session by showing their ‘test lab’  which is a giant warehouse with several working scale mock-ups of kitchens. These environments allow them to test innovations in spatial design and service design, and to train staff members in a contained (but realistic) environment. How wonderful would it be to be able to have full scale mock-ups before committing to construction and build-out schedules? Read the rest of this entry »

By Adam Stoltz
I find attending industry conferences incredibly valuable. This is important, especially considering the rising costs of registration fees, travel and those little bottles of water in your room that hotels try to sucker you into drinking. [Full disclosure: only most hotels do this; but the Downtown Phoenix Sheraton isn’t one of them… the water in my room was complimentary! Ironically, I drank none of it and will be expensing the over-priced water I bought from the lobby gift shop.]

The obvious value for me comes from meeting new clients, partners, friends, and checking out the competition. But my recent experience in Phoenix at IFMA’s 2011 World Workplace provided me with some valuable takeaways I didn’t see coming: All of us industry professionals need to do a better job at sharing the stories, knowledge and insights we have when speaking or presenting  a topic. Most of us, me included, aren’t good enough right now. At least, not as good as we could be. Our shortcomings tend to detract from the message and fail to live up to rising attendee expectations.

So, here’s what I propose: Read the rest of this entry »

Attending upcoming IFMA, NeoCon East or CoreNet events?  We are too. Check out what DEGW experts have to say about telecommuting and flexible workplace myths, improving workplace quality while decreasing its footprint, going mobile, and strategic portfolio planning & alternative workplace strategies. We hope to see you there!


Dispelling the Myths of a Telecommuting + Flexible Workplace Program
Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 8-9am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Jeffrey Martin, TIAA-CREF

DEGW @ NeoCon East

Living the Future: How to Improve Workplace Quality While Decreasing its Footprint
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | 9:30-10:30am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Kevin Kelly, Senior Architect, Center for Workplace Delivery, GSA-PBS

DEGW @ CoreNet Global Summit

Going Mobile! SNAP Session
Monday, November 7, 2011 | 2:30-4pm
Speakers: Bryant Rice, Director, DEGW; Dawn Birkett, Real Estate Porfolio Manager,

Reducing the Risks of Unpredictability: Strategic Portfolio Planning & Alternative Workplace Strategies
Monday, Nov 7, 2011 | 11-12:30am
Speakers: Bernice Boucher, Director, DEGW; Amy Trulson, Regional Workplace Strategist, Americas, Microsoft; Ryan Doerfler, Director, GSA Public Buildings Service; Kim Vanderland, Director, Workplace Innovation, Capital One; Christian Bigsby, SVP Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK

Then check out “Going Mobile” with Bryant Rice, Director, DEGW San Francisco along with Dawn Birkett, Real Estate Portfolio Manager,’s Flexforce program demonstrates a method of designing and implementing a mobility program. It’s timing has
built on the successes of previous programs in more traditional environments (banking) and added new components that are appropriate to a tech-savvy population. It’s a model of what could happen in other organizations. While demonstrating the success of this type of program, the case study also provides lessons learned, obstacles to be avoided and preferred methods for implementation. The presentation starts at 2:35pm.

And stick around for the Mobility & Virtual Work: Panel Debate at 2:55 with Bryant; Kevin Kelly, Senior Architect, US General Services Administration, Center for Workspace Delivery, PBS; Michael Leone, Vice President, Global Corporate Accounts, Regus; and Philip Ross, CEO, UNWORK & Cordless Group. Read the rest of this entry »

By Bryant Rice
The development of products follows the elusive search for the future consumer. In the corporate furniture industry we are seeing the blending of traditional markets creating new items that combine functions and technologies from a number of sources. This is not new. Really creative designers have long prided themselves on the search for innovative products sourced from unlikely sources. This has yielded such time tested winners as the casket carrier table, the block and tackle side table, the cowboy boot lamp, and the antler chandelier. Eclecticism has always been an option in the sophisticated interior, whether inspired by Sir John Soane, or Elsie deWolfe.
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Herman Miller

By Bryant Rice
I recently returned from Chicago’s famed NeoCon conference and have been thinking about the purposes of these national summits.  NeoCon is undeniably the single greatest event in the corporate interior design profession.  While it boasts key note speakers, seminars and classes, everyone goes to see what’s been introduced since the last visit.  For two days, thousands of designers from all corners of the United States and Canada (primarily) meet for showroom tours, sales appointments, cocktails, dinners and parties.  It’s FAB!
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This is part 3 of a three part post called The City is the Office, by Andrew Laing, Director of Strategy for DEGW North America. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2.

At both the Worktech and Festival of Ideas for the New City conferences, the new city of Songdo in South Korea was cited as an example of the smart city movement.  New kinds of technology are enabling more intelligent forms of urbanism. Yet it seems odd to me that given the sophistication of the technology, the physical architecture looks remarkably familiar.

Why would the provision of amazing new technological infrastructure not transform the architecture of the city? Is the idea that technology is a kind of invisible utility that merely services a conventional  architecture? Like some new kind of sewer system?
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This is Part 2 of a three part post called The City is the Office, by Andrew Laing, Director of Strategy at DEGW North America. Click here to read Part 1.

The shift to using mobile devices and geolocation services to obtain workspace ‘on demand’ reinforces the idea that even in this world of exploding technology, place matters more than ever. Now we have more choice!

At the WorkTech conference Larry Prusak  made a forceful argument for the value of place and space for the creation and sustenance of knowledge in communities. He believes that:

  • Space is critical for knowledge.
  • Clusters of talent and creativity are built around physically networked places (look no further than Silicon Valley).
  • There is no substitute for being there (in person).

Others argued that new technology is in fact creating rich contexts for collaboration. Nicole Yankelovich CEO of WonderBuilders showed us 3D virtual worlds in which affinity style brainstorming can be achieved virtually. The primary workspace becomes virtual.
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