This CIOB Continuous Professional Development (CPD) event was organised by Briony Milton (Member Services and Events Coordinator – Dorking) on 24 October 2017 in the Cockcroft Building. Dr Terry Quarmby gave a fascinating presentation on the often misunderstood construction sector of demolition. The event was facilitated on behalf of the university by Dr Hannah Wood. The presentation was well-attended and enjoyed by industry practitioners, academics and students.
Today the new SET research seminar series was launched with an exceptional guest speaker from industry.
Maria Nesdale is the Education Practice Area Leader and a Senior Associate of Gensler and is involved in design research from an education perspective. Her research at Gensler is based on how people use and interact with their environment.
The title of Maria’s presentation was User Focused Design:
How do the spaces which you live and work in make you feel?
How does the space affect the way in which we interact with the environment?
Can employee data drive a workplace strategy?
At the beginning of the 21st century the challenges we all face are vast, they include: urbanisation, technology and a fast paced life. These different sets of circumstances have to be reflected in how we design and use spaces.
The user experience can be measured in many different ways. Research shows we need to look at how efficient a space is, what it is being used for and then we can begin to understand why certain things are happening.
The workplace performance index (WPI℠) is a tool which Gensler developed to allow employees to rate their workspaces. The WPI℠ is a pre-and post-occupancy survey tool used to gather employee input on workplace performance factors before a design project—in order to inform design decisions—and after the project—in order to measure the success of the design. It is no coincidence that the most successful and innovative companies world-wide are known to have the best workplace environment satisfaction.
Open plan office space is no longer considered the optimum option, and many new and innovative approaches are being conceived to provide cost effective person centred design solutions.
If you would like more information about the User Focused Design research conducted at Gensler please contact Maria and she will be happy to help.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped launch the new SET seminar series!
The next SET research seminar will be announced soon and we look forward to seeing you there!