Wednesday 27 March 2024

Sensory Processing, Cognitive Well-Being and Neuro-Inclusion

Herman Miller Showroom, London WC2B 6LH
2.30pm-5.30pm, followed by Drinks Social
Sensory Processing, Cognitive Well-Being and Neuro-Inclusion

Sensory Processing, Cognitive Well-Being and Neuro-Inclusion in the Workplace
– Kay Sargent, HOK and
– Katie Gaudion, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Wednesday 27 March, 2.30pm – 5.30pm, followed by Drinks Social
Herman Miller Showroom, London, WC2B 6LH

Work environments today need to be designed to be inclusive for all. But to be inclusive we need to address the nuances needed to accommodate personality traits, work styles and neurodivergents.

We are living in a time of increased numbers and awareness about individuals with neuro-sensitivity and special needs, such as ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia. In fact, 1 in 5 people are considered neurodiverse but fewer than 50% know it.

Neurodivergents tend to be high energy, out of the box thinkers, excel in a crisis, and be bold problem solvers. Not only is designing to be inclusive the right thing to do, but there is a compelling business case for it as well.

Workspaces need to reflect the diverse makeup of organisations as more and more we are becoming a majority of minorities, so we need to design to set everyone up for success.

In 2021 HOK and partners undertook a study to determine the key factors that are impacting neurodivergents in the built environment. In 2022, they undertook the next phase of the research that compared the findings for the neurodivergent sample group to a mixed number of neurotypes in an effort to refine workplace solutions. And in early 2023 they launched an acoustic pilot and an assessment of pilot spaces that test the theories from our research.

Join Kay (who is kindly making the journey to London from the US) as she hosts a workshop where she shares the findings to date, discusses neuro-inclusion principles and best practices and discover how you can evolve your space and policies to be more welcoming and inclusive for all.

After the masterclass please join us for drinks and nibbles kindly supplied by our hosts at HermanMiller.

About our speaker

With 38 years of experience, Kay Sargent is a recognised expert on workplace design and strategy issues and an award-winning designer. Kay is Global Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team and sits on HOK’s Board of Directors. In 2020 she was named ASID’s Designer of Distinction. In 2021 she was selected from her field of peers to provide Congressional Subject Matter Expert Testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives on “Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19: A View from The Private Sector.” Kay also serves on the GSA Diversity taskforce and is an advisor for the HOK Diversity Advisory Council.

Who’s Attending

Here’s the latest list of who you can expect to meet at the event!


360 Workplace

Managing Director
9fin People Experience Lead
ABChange Consultancy Managing Director in Change & Leadership
Align Design and Architecture Co Founder
Apex Acoustics Ltd Acoustic Technician
Colebrook Bosson Saunders Key Account Director
Culture By Design Founder
Currie & Brown Design Lead
Double S Events Project Manager
Facilitate Magazine News Editor
Futurecurve CEO
Futurecurve Head of Research
Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design Senior Research Associate
HLM Architects Associate
HOK Design Director, Interiors
HOK Marketing Principal
Human Connections Ergonomist & Chartered Physiotherapist
International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) Account Manager
JLL Design Lead, UK
Legal & General Head of Workplace Experience & Design
M Moser Associates Design
M Moser Associates Ltd Senior Associate, Workplace Strategist
M Moser Associates Ltd Senior Associate, Global Marketing
Make Architects Spatial Psychologist
MillerKnoll Director, Global Insight Group
MillerKnoll Global Account Manager
Motionspot Neurodiversity Design Specialist
Nokia Workplace Design Manager, EMEA
Nokia Workplace Strategy and Development Lead
Osmond Ergonomics Managing Director
Saint-Gobain Ecophon Concept Development – Office
Sodexo Global HRBP
Sodexo Global CSR Lead
Sodexo HR Business Partner
Sodexo Global Director of Operations
The Senator Group Head of A&D sales
The Sustainable Design Collective & Women in Office Design Founder
Tsunami Axis Group Director
Tsunami Axis Workplace Consultant
Tsunami Axis Business Development Manager
Twelve Architects Associate
Twelve Architects Director
Unispace Workplace Strategist and Change Management Specialist
Unispace Operations Lead Strategy
University of Exeter Head of Strategic Space
Workplace Unlimited Environmental Psychologist, Workplace Consultant
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