The commercial sphere is shifting under our feet. Now, more than ever before, organisations require adaptability to volatile, unpredictable conditions. Workplace culture aside, fundamentals about the very nature of work are changing as new technologies make an impact. Does agile working equate to future-ready, agile workplaces? How can adaptability be designed for a future that’s hard to predict?
Indesign Media Asia has invited four workplace design experts to discuss these questions and provide insights how to best adapt to the change in workplace design at Singapore Indesign 2017’s Design Conversation titled ‘How Can We Future-Proof the Workplace Against Uncertainty?’
Dr Caroline Burns
Founder and Managing Director – Workplace Revolution
Dr Caroline Burns has been a workplace consultant for over 20 years with clients in the private and public sectors in Asia, Australia and the Middle East. She champions the alignment of organisational and work design with the physical environment to improve performance in the workplace. Believing in Asia’s potential to drive innovation that will influence both people and the built environment in the future, she set up her consultancy firm, Workplace Revolution, in Singapore in 2016.
Director and Head of Workplace Strategies SEA – CBRE Singapore
Shobhit Choubey has over 12 years of experience in real estate and workplace strategy, business process integration and change management across multiple sectors, from banking and energy to education and healthcare. He enjoys working on creative solutions that can solve complex problems, and helping organisations achieve strategic objectives. His clients include Citibank, Shell, NUT, NUS and LaSalle College of the Arts.
Senior Workplace Designer – Gensler Tokyo
Hailing from Melbourne Australia, Katie O’Brien has worked extensively in the APAC region to create dynamic and functional workspaces. O’Brien works closely with both clients and end users to devise a unique approach and create a tailored workspace that can enhance and celebrate their company culture. Among her notable projects are Accenture Tokyo, Dow Chemical Tokyo and 79 Robinson Road Singapore.
Principal – HASSELL
A familiar figure in Singapore’s hospitality design scene, Paul Semple was the Managing Director of Singapore-based interior firm Distillery before the firm was acquired by HASSELL. Today, Semple is one of HASSELL Singapore’s Principals and, much like the infiltration of hospitality design thinking in the workplace, Semple’s portfolio has expanded to include workplaces. Among his recently completed commercial projects are The Great Room and The Working Capitol at Robinson Road.