Academic Design Trends

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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FM Consultants Podcast 2015-21 on Academic Design Trends:
Back to School, How Academic Design Trends Are Reshaping The Workplace.

Designing for a competitive edge to keep talent.

Kay Sargent, Director of Workplace Strategies, Lend Lease
Lisa Killaby, Principal, ADD Inc.
Greg Tew, Associate Professor & Director of Professional and Industry Relations, Virginia Tech
David Reynolds, CFM
Chris PayneCSS Consultancy


This interview follows on an FMCC webinar with principal designers and teachers Lisa Killaby, Kay Sargent, and Greg Tew with the title, Back to School, How Academic Design Trends Are Reshaping The Workplace. In a convincing way, Lisa, Kay, and Greg make the point that the modern academic and corporate built environments can be indistinguishable from each other. We FMs are wholly aware that the organizations we serve increasingly seek a dynamic and diverse workforce and a culture of mentorship, collaboration, community, discovery, innovation, and well being in a variety of physical settings.  A welcoming environment for data center administrators, say, might look and feel different from one for marketing, but the same elements can be present to confer positive business results. All the same, FMs must contribute to life cycle models that include ROI in order to support executive decision making and to plan our budgets.  Academic facilities and their use can give us a look ahead. And in these times, “ahead” becomes “right now” very soon.

The Panel:


 Kay Sargent 

Kay Sargent joined Lend Lease in 2014 bringing over 30 years of experience. Previously Kay served as VP of A&D and Workplace Strategies for Teknion and was a Principal for IA Interior Architects where she spearheaded workplace strategies. Kay has a BFA in interiors from VCU and studied environmental design at Parsons. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate and workplace strategies. Kay serves on the Advisory Boards of WorkDesign Magazine, PaletteApp and IFI. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP and NCIDQ and is active in CoreNET and IFMA.

  Lisa Killaby

Lisa Killaby is a nationally recognized expert in workplace design with over 30 years of experience.  As Senior Principal with ADD Inc, now with Stantec, Lisa leverages her real estate planning and workplace strategies expertise to develop impactful, award winning workspaces for global leaders in technology and financial services such as IBM, Adobe, and Fidelity.  

Lisa’s workplace knowledge has made her a sought after expert for academic clients including MIT, Northeastern and University of Miami.  Her focus on ReWork Strategies has developed a new service for ADD Inc, helping their clients rethink real estate and plan for the future.

Lisa is on the Board for CoreNet New England and a sought-after speaker on a range of topics for NeoCon, ULI, CoreNet Miami and for institutions such as Harvard University Graduate School of Design and MIT Lincoln Lab.  She contributed to the CoreNet Workplace 2020 report.

Lisa is a LEED AP ID+C and NCIDQ Certified and studied Interior and Product Design at Cornell University and has served on the board for both IBD (now IIDA) and NEWIRE (the CREW chapter in New England).

 Greg Tew

Greg Tew is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture + Design. He is a multiple AIA Honor Award winning architect and has a broad base of experience as a designer with work that includes town and city planning at the macro scale through to the scale of objects with international experience as a product designer including work for Artemide, a premier manufacturer of contemporary lighting based in Milan, Italy. Greg has presented his research extensively to diverse academic groups representing architecture, interior design, health care and economics and his work is published in many of the most prestigious international design and business publications.

David Reynolds, MS, FMP, CFM

David Reynolds is an FM consultant based in Mississippi, in the U.S. His involvement in FM arose out of work in engineering, operations, and related information technology. He has a lifelong interest in how people experience the built environment. He began consulting in offshore oil field and inland marine transportation during the 1990s, building teams that streamlined and transformed production processes. He has continued in technical operations and project management roles since, concentrating exclusively in FM since joining IFMA in 2002. He earned the CFM in 2014.

Helping FMs to gauge, interpret, and take action in order to make processes reliable, productive, and resilient is the mission of FM-CONSULT-CREATE, his consultancy.
He focuses on FM as organizations adopt asset management principles and practices following ISO 55000, where clear, visible, interactive, maintainable, process and risk models, data, and measurements can better frame FM in organizational strategies and objectives.

Pro bono work includes construction, maintenance, safety, and health. David is also a member of the IFMA Environmental Health and Safety Council.

The FMCC Podcast Team:

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David Reynolds - FMCC STAG Member as Podcast & Audio Coordinator
Chris Payne, CSS Consultancy & FMCC STAG Member as Social Media Coordinator
Shamo Mikayilov - FMCC STAG Member as Social Media Administrator, Webinar Administrator & Podcast/Audio Editor
Markus Groll - FMCC Board Member as Secretary & STAG Chair

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