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The Great Office Redesign Is Coming

They will likely include more collaborative spaces and feel more 'homey'

Office designs pre-pandemic were often cube farms and had open layouts that shunned privacy to promote collaboration. But now, after almost two years of social distancing and people working from home, office designs are ready for an overhaul, said Stephanie Travis, associate professor of interior architecture and design at George Washington University.

Because the pandemic proved that individual work could be successfully done from home, she thinks organizations will primarily use their office space for collaborative work.

“People are coming back for the collaboration, for meetings,” Travis said. “They’re not going to drive an hour and pay for parking just to sit at a desk and be online the entire time. If that’s all they’re doing, they can just work at home.”

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