Workspace design: The impact on employees and business performance.

Sponsored by: LEAF

Focused on:

  • Architecture
  • Workspace
  • Design
  • Experience

Date: 25 June


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Health and Wellness

In an era of experience economy, in order to succeed all businesses must exceed expectations, be able to compete for talent and accommodate the emerging technological disruptions. It has been suggested that workspace design can play a role in achieving success in these areas. Through design organisations can orchestrate an environment that is easily adaptable to accept the fast pace change in technology, support new styles of working and lastly facilitate business morale, wellness and productivity. This wonderful notion can be accomplished by putting the users at the centre of the design process.

This webinar will seek to explore how designers can successfully promote the success of the business through design. Our industry leaders will address
• The relationship between workspace design and employee performance
• How technology is impacting workspace design
• How to successfully meet the needs of the diverse users
• Future trends and predictions

The webinar is the first one in the series ahead of the 2019 edition of the annual Leading European Architects Forum taking place in Berlin, Germany, on the 23rd and 24th October 2019.
The Forum consistently attracts original and influential thinkers in the industry, creating a programme that debates and challenges the issues facing the architectural community and our built environment at large. This year traditionally we will bring together senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, engineers, designers and suppliers to discuss future build projects, challenges they face, key design features and tech innovations changing the way they work.

Presented by

Christian Robert, Co-founder, R&A Architecture + Design,

Christian Robert, co-founded R&A Architecture + Design in 2013, rebranded in 2019 OFFICEUNTITLED.
OFFICEUNTITLED is a young, energetic architecture and design firm focused on creative solutions across multiple scales and typologies, including commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use. The practice leverages the award-winning design and project leadership of its four principals and a broad portfolio of experience in transformative architecture and interiors projects and is currently designing more than 4 million square feet of property.
Christian has led a series of boutique and large hospitality and multifamily residential projects including the 37 luxury condominium “The Harland”, the 150 key Woodlark Hotel and the iconic 200 key 9034 Sunset Hotel tower, slated to open in 2023, as well as the design of all worldwide innovation centers for Boston Consulting Group - Digital Ventures. Christian is a licensed Architect in six states and the European Union.

Francesca Jack, UK & Ireland Head of Workplace Advisory, Aecom,

During her 20 year career Francesca has worked with clients across a range of different industries and sectors to understand their organisational goals as well as the level of cultural change required to create more measurable workplace experiences. In supporting clients to develop and implement more sustainable workplace strategies and change programmes Francesca has sort to enhance staff engagement and real estate effectiveness. A key area of focus for Francesca has been helping senior leadership teams build commitment, enthusiasm and ownership of the necessary changes that use physical space and behaviour to improve business performance.

Peggie Rothe, Development Director, Leesman,

Dr Peggie Rothe is passionate about modern ways of working and the strategic role of workplaces, and she has a deep understanding of the user perspective of the built environment. As Development Director at Leesman, her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world's largest independent workplace experience database and helping organisations understand the link between people and place.

Prior to joining Leesman in 2014, Peggie worked at Aalto University (Finland) where her research focused on corporate real estate and workplace management. Her topics included usability of work environments, office occupiers' workplace preferences and corporate short-distance office relocations. She earned her doctorate in 2015 and has published her findings in several peer-reviewed academic journals.

Harry Harris, Managing Director, SUSD,

Harry Harris is a champion of co-living and co-working opportunity. He is the developer behind The Curtain, a hotel, restaurant, music venue and members’ club in Shoreditch and, in the City, Devonshire Club, a members’ club with bars, lounges, a brasserie, gardens, wellness centre and bedrooms. Most recently, he gained planning consent to convert an historic house on the banks of the Thames in Berkshire into a hotel and members club.
With over 25 years’ experience delivering complex real estate projects in and around London, Harry has developed a systematic, locally-sensitive and financially-sound approach that has seen his projects through from initial design to successful launch and management.

Key Learning Objectives

  • The relationship between workspace design and employee performance
  • How technology is facilitating creativity and innovation in workspace design
  • How to successfully meet the needs of the diverse users
  • Future trends and predictions


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