Workspace design: The impact on employees and business performance.

Sponsored by: LEAF

Focused on:

  • Architecture
  • Workspace
  • Design
  • Experience

Date: 25 June

Days to go: 30

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.

This webinar will be moderated by: Nicola Gillen , Director & EMEA Market Sector Lead for Workplace, AECOM.

Nicola is Director and EMEA Market Sector Lead for Workplace at AECOM . She is an architect with a business degree. Her team includes architects, designers, psychologists and sociologists focused on workplace strategy, design and change management. Nicola specialises in the relationship between behaviour and the built environment. Clients include Rolls-Royce, BMS, BP, Sky, Estee Lauder Companies, Palace of Westminster and Museum of London

Presented by

Christian Robert,

co-founder, R&A Architecture + Design

Christian Robert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, co-founded R&A Architecture + Design in 2013. Robert specializes in commercial office, multifamily, and high-rise developments, and has lead a team of talented designers on projects such as The Camps at Coos Bay Lagoon, BCG: Digital Ventures – Manhattan Beach, and CENTRL Office, among others. Together with his team, he embraces intensive research to deliver fresh, new thinking at every point of the design process.
Although born, educated, and licensed in Germany, Christian has spent most of his architecture career working in Los Angeles. While at Gensler, where he met Principals Anderson and Gehle, he worked from programming through construction administration on the $650-million, 65-story Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live, a high-rise mixed-use project that won an Urban Land Institute 2010 Global Award for Excellence. Previously, Robert has served as Adjunct Professor at Santa Monica College and Pasadena City College. He received a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2001.

Amir Mortazavi, ,

co-Founder and CEO, CANOPY

Amir Mortazavi is the co-founder and CEO of CANOPY, a network of exceptional shared workspaces in San Francisco. He is also the founder and director of M-PROJECTS, a second-generation property developer and architectural designer based in California. He has developed and built over $100 million in properties in the Bay Area and has worked for notable clients such as Gagosian Gallery and the French American Artist Residence in San Francisco. He has deep interests in the future of the living and working world and serves as being a board member of Outsite with 20 co-living locations around the world. A LEED certified licensed general contractor with a degree in Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, Mortazavi is also a highly regarded art collector and supporter of the arts where he serves on the board of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His willfully eclectic interests have coalesced into dynamic and respected multi-disciplinary companies that create unique properties. His projects have been published in Vogue, Wallpaper*, Elle Decor Japan, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Financial Times, Dwell, CA Home and Design, and many others. When he's not building or designing he's chasing down waves in the ocean or snow in the mountains.

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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