Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials—people born between the early 1980s and 2000—today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. Perimeter offices are disappearing, floor plans are opening up, and trendy breakout areas and cafés are replacing the rigid, closed layouts of the past. This course examines appropriate strategies for modern workplace design, as well as pitfalls to avoid.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ DESCRIBE the demographic changes that are influencing current trends in office design and what they mean in terms of the health and welfare of office workers.
+ EXPLAIN basic planning, layout, and design responses to these current needs and preferences and how they play out with respect to indoor environmental quality and worker performance and welfare.
+ DISCUSS ways in which modular furniture and modular floor plans can improve space utilization in office environments and thereby improve worker productivity.
+ LIST important program elements that support today’s office workers, with particular attention to the benefits of daylighting and outdoor views on human performance.