Karen Cook, founding partner of PLP Architecture, was invited to contribute to the roundtable discussion ‘How will the ‘war for talent’ affect architectural design?’ organised by The Architects’ Journal and ISG, the international construction services company.
The debate, chaired by Paul Finch, AJ’s editorial director, asked what impact the influence of workplace design among companies seeking to attract and retain the best staff has on design and thinking among architects; and discussed the flexibility of ‘flexible working’; the need to rethink spaces within the traditional workplace; and if ‘maximising square footage is the death knell for architectural design’.
The responses considered the effects of the latest technology developments on the workplace; and sought to define the ‘look’ of the future global headquarters with regard to start-up culture; asking if a local headquarters should reflect the ‘mother ship’?
The roundtable discussion took place during the annual MIPIM real estate exhibition and conference in Cannes, France.
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