Office design went from cubicle-laden, individually-focused environments, to wide open offices that seek to bring workers from all teams closer together. But in the wake of the current pandemic, companies might find it necessary to go back to the old days.
While it is difficult to predict just what office design will look like over the next few months, some experts maintain that open seating will make a comeback.
Companies will likely implement solutions such as touchless technology, but many may take the extra step and uphaul their office’s design to create a space that better values safety and health.
Architects are able to aid organizations on this journey by identifying the appropriate design for employees by considering their problems and offering a flexible solution.
“Architects should advise and become a partner with their clients and it starts by asking the right questions to help find the right answers,” said Tom Arends, AIA senior designer with BHDP. “We speak with a wide array of clients from a range of industries, which is an advantage on an office project. Design for People is a promise we make to our clients, and it is truly how we go about it.”
With safety and wellness at the front of the mind of most companies, architects are looking into designing spaces that move away from communal areas and adapt to physical distancing needs.
In fact, experts predict that design elements that emphasize sustainability and health, while providing access to natural light and the outdoors will become increasingly more popular.