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Academic Design Trends

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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.