The Future of Work (Member Only Webinar)
Work-From-Home and the Future of Offices
“A pandemic is not an appropriate time to determine what kind of labor arrangement is optimally productive on a per-worker basis.” – Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has reset many parameters around how we work. It has accelerated adoption of virtual communication technologies and a distributed workforce. Work-From-Home during COVID has been an experiment at a grand scale, and while it is working for now, it may not necessarily be a good predictor of future conditions.
Clearly the role of the office is more than functional, more than overhead. Progressive firms create environments, integral to their culture to enhance productivity and performance. Now many organizations are questioning whether we will return to offices as we knew them. How will buildings and workspaces be different? How are workers changing? How will firms adapt?
All of us in the investment profession will be faced with the challenge of where and how we will work now, in the near future, and in the longer term future. Join this fascinating discussion between two luminaries in the world of work place design, including financial services organization design, as they:
- ponder the pros and cons of work-from-home
- share ideas on probable future real estate solutions
- staggered hours, smaller spaces? Large singular campus vs. spoke and hub design and other considerations
- discuss physical changes to offices
- keyless entry, less density, furniture design, HVAC concerns, and much more
- question previous norms
- probe the future of work
Sascha Wagner, FIIDA, AIA, LEED AP, President and CEO, Huntsman Architectural Group
As an architect and interior designer, Sascha Wagner is dedicated to creating meaningful experiences for people, organizations, and communities through the power of design. In his role as president and CEO of Huntsman Architectural Group, he develops strategy, process, and partnerships for the firm’s offices in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. Huntsman’s focus on corporate workplace design and strategy extends to financial sector clients including Moody’s, Piper Jaffray, Signature Bank, Hall Capital Partners, Xoom, and Funding Circle. Born and raised in Germany, Mr. Wagner holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Ringling College of Art & Design in Florida. As a constant advocate for the design profession, he currently serves as president of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), where he is also a Fellow.
Brian Graham, Founder & Creative Director, Graham Design LLC
Designer. Advocate. Advisor. Brian offers a strategic approach in the design, development and marketing of workplace furniture. “I’m an interior designer who has evolved into a furniture designer, and it informs everything that I do. While it's important to understand the object that I’m designing, it’s even more vital to understand how it’s going to be used. That’s why planning is the foundation of everything that we do.” Graham’s design solutions have been recognized by the most prestigious organizations in the U.S., including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Institute of Business Designers, The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, The International Facilities Management Association and The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).
This is a CFA Society San Francisco Member Only offering.