Office design will transform in response to the global pandemic. Reducing density, ensuring the safety of surfaces and air, monitoring workers for symptoms and for antibodies are expected. Innovation will deliver new materials for furniture, flooring and hardware. Elevators, doors and toilet rooms will be rethought. But not everyone will return to the office. 30-40% of the workforce are expected to work remotely. And it can be predicted that those who remain remote will include the same people most vulnerable to the coronavirus: people of color, people with disabilities and older people and the 15 - 23.5 million Americans with an autoimmune condition. A deliberate commitment to designing for equity among present and virtual co-workers goes well beyond the occasional Zoom meeting. Hard won places at the table are jeopardized by a two-tier system. The panel will explore precedents and options for everyone to be equitably respected and fully engaged.
Learn about the demographics of workplace diversity of ability, age and culture and the implications of the new normal of post-pandemic office design in physical space and technology.
Take away a set of precedent for state-of-the-art inclusive office design that facilitate diversity and embraces it as an asset and the method to achieve it.
Learn about new materials and products that can be tailored to meet a variety of needs and preferences for safe spaces that facilitate concentration as well as interaction.
Consider options for ensuring maximum equity and full participation through architecture and technology of workplaces that will be a significant mix of live and remote workers.