Join experts in the world of workplace design and management to learn how to build a more resilient, responsive and responsible future for the office.

Over the course of 2020 we’ve heard from multiple employers and developers who are now questioning the need for centralized office spaces.  Many of their clients and staff are weighing the convenience of life lived OOO against the often poorly defined benefits of a dedicated workplace. Or should that be poorly designed? We’ve never had more insight into the impact our working environments have upon our wellbeing, performance and personal progression than we do today.

Rather than see 2020 as a sign that the era of the office is over, it is an opportunity to throw out the legacy thinking that has prevented it from reaching its full potential. That's why we've partnered with ORGATEC, the premiere international trade fair for the modern working world, to create a programme of free virtual panels and keynotes that map exactly how this future can be built. We’ll host the Frame X ORGATEC: Agile Working events in collaboration with the leading industry group Interior Business Association (IBA), on their newly launched digital platform IBA Forum.

‘After ORGATEC was cancelled, the IBA board decided to accelerate our digitization strategy,’ says Stefan Kokkes, head of strategic partnerships and international affairs at IBA. ‘IBA Forum will include lectures, discussions, workshops and other interesting content formats as well as virtual showrooms for the presentation of new products. Even if the IBA forum is not a trade fair substitute – but a digital platform designed for the long term – we will start the project in the ORGATEC week from 27 to 30 October. Over 20 companies will present themselves and their new products in its showrooms.’

Don’t miss your opportunity to gain key insights from industry frontrunners about the future of work next week. Find the full programme and registration information for the links below.


Innovation Destination:  The changing shape of the workplace

TALK: Tuesday, 27 October – 12:30 -13:00 CEST

Prof. Jeremy Myerson, Director, WORKTECH Academy with Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art

Lots of office buildings claim to be able to foster greater levels of innovation within their host companies, but to what extent can architecture actually achieve this somewhat abstract goal? Jeremy Myerson, director of WORKTECH Academy and the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art, maps the tactics workplace designers can use to help employees think differently.

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Culture fit out – turning brand values into built environments

PANEL DISCUSSION: Tuesday, 27 October – 13:15 -13:45 CEST

Kursty Groves, Founder, Shape with Mijail Gutierrez, Principal and Design Director, Perkins & Will

At a time when the central office is fighting to reassert its relevance, one vital role it can still play is in sustaining a company’s culture. Join Kursty Groves, founder of workplace consultancy Shape, and Mijail Gutierrez, principal and design director at architecture firm Perkins and Will, to discuss the challenges of translating a business’s values, ethos and aims into a design programme that brings employees together.

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New territories – how COVID redrew the office interior

PANEL DISCUSSION: Wednesday, 28 October – 12:30 – 13:00 CEST

Gideon van der Burg, Managing Director Benelux, Leesman with Julie Deignan, Director, CBRE Furniture Advisory Service

If we want to know what the office will look like by this time next year, we need to understand how those on the frontline – from developers and designers to employers and staff – are reacting right now. Join Gideon van der Burg, Managing Director Benelux at Leesman, and Julie Deignan, director of CBRE Furniture Advisory Service, to discover how stakeholders are turning short-term fixes into long-term transformations.

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Neurodiverse by design – what a truly equitable office might look like

TALK: Wednesday, 28 October – 13:15 – 13:45 CEST

Kay Sargent, Director of WorkPlace, HOK

Spatial design has long taken account of our physical differences, but has only recently started to consider how it might address our unique psychological needs. Kay Sargent, director of WorkPlace at international architecture firm HOK, outlines her argument for placing neurodiversity at the centre of office design and what that means for how the workplace might look, act and feel.

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Inside out / outside in – why developers need to start thinking beyond biophilia

TALK: Thursday, 29 October – 12:30-13:00 CEST

Oliver Heath, Founder, Oliver Heath Design

As our understanding of the link between access to nature and personal wellbeing grows, so does the belief that much of what currently constitutes ‘biophilic' design is insufficient. Oliver Heath looks beyond today’s paradigms to explore what an evolution and elevation of biophilic design in the workplace could offer.

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Engineering agency – workplaces that put employees in control

PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday, 29 October – 13:15-13:45 CEST

Rosie Haslem, Director, Spacelab with Simon Allford, Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

We live in an era in which almost every aspect of our lives has the potential to be tailored to our preferences. When it comes to the workplace, however, the way spaces are defined and used is still more often mandated from the top down rather than the bottom up. Join Rosie Haslem, director at Spacelab and Simon Allford, director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, to unpack what it means to give employees greater control over their own environment.

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The conscious office – a manifesto for a workplace that truly understands its users

PANEL DISCUSSION: Friday, 30 October – 12:30 – 13:00 CEST

Itai Palti, Director, Hume and The Centre for Conscious Design with Torben Østergaard, Partner, 3XN

Smart buildings have the potential to improve not only metrics around environmental efficiency and employee productivity, but to fundamentally transform the relationship between workplace and user. Join Itai Palti, director of Hume and The Centre for Conscious Design, and Torben Østergaard, partner at architecture practice 3XN, to envision a future in which buildings are truly conscious of their occupants.

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Leave no trace – a roadmap for circular office design

TALK: Friday, 30 October – 13:15 – 13:45 CEST

Gerda Stelpstra, Associate Partner Total Workplace EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield

Circular design is a term often thrown around by clients and designers, but what does it actually look like in the context of a project as complex and costly as an office building? Gerda Stelpstra, Associate Partner Total Workplace EMEA at Cushman & Wakefield, explains what constitutes a truly circular workplace, who’s getting this right now, how they’re achieving it and what barriers still exist to realising the ideal in full.

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Hero image: Ecotone, by Salon Architects, 'proposes a new exemplar for pandemic resistant and sustainable office architecture, with the integration of outside areas, planting and protected yet fluid office zones'.