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Is Work Killing Us? Innovative ideas in workspace design

17 June 18:30 - 21:00
Organized by: Roca London Gallery
Roca London Gallery
Station Court
Townmead Road

Panel Discussion with: Jeremy Myerson, Nicola Osborn, Andreas Klok Pedersen,moderated by Martha Thorne.


There is a revolution occurring in the workplace. Many of the rigid, hierarchical models for the design of 20th century office spaces are clearly obsolete. The 9-5 workday seems a thing of the past, as we check our emails from anywhere. We often work in teams and sometimes team members participate remotely. Today, greater mobility, technological advances and new understandings of organizations and relationships have meant that work environments are changing in response to 21st century needs and demands. What are the key elements and new options for workspace design? How do we work with others? What contributes to work satisfaction and productivity? If we hate cubicles, do we want a totally open plan? Do spaces for informal encounters really lead to new ideas and innovation?


The panelists, through their research, experience and expertise in the field of designing for new work environments, will address these and other questions. Please arrive at 18.30 for a prompt 18.45 start. The talk will last for approximately one hour, followed by drinks and light refreshments.

Jeremy Myerson is Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art and a leading author, academic and activist in workplace design.


Andreas Klok Pedersen is Partner and Design Director of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Copenhagen. He is partner-in-charge of a number of large-scale master plans and projects in Europe and Asia.


Martha Thorne is Associate Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, Madrid, and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.


The event is admission free. RSVP is essential. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1J2UdP1