Designing Environments for Wellbeing & Performance
Wednesday 20 June 2018, 09:00 – 17:00, + Drinks Social
Viacom, Times Square, New York

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Workplace Trends conferences look at the up-coming real trends in working spaces for the next 10-20 years. Since our first conference in 2002 we’ve been among the first to look at the now trending subjects of wellness, productivity, happiness, psychology, psychoacoustics, biophilia, agile & flexible working, cellular vs open plan, to name but a few.

Our events are about sharing knowledge and connecting people. Presentations are intelligent, research & case study driven, and our social sessions are a proven way to catch up with fellow professionals and make new contacts. 

1We’re firmly established in London as the pitch-free, intellectual conference on Work and the Workplace. On 20 June, as part of Workplace Week, we’re excited to bring our Conference for the first time to NYC!

Our confirmed speakers include:

Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited (Chair)

Nigel 2017 cropDr Nigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, change manager, environmental psychologist, researcher, international speaker and author with 11 years research and 19 years consulting experience. Nigel draws on his psychology background and his own research to advise occupiers on how to redefine their workstyles and rethink their workplace to create working environments that enhance individual and organisational performance and deliver maximum value.

Designing for Workplace Wellness and Performance in the Age of Algorithms and Machine Learning
Arjun Kaicker, Zaha Hadid

Arjun Kaicker HeadshotThis presentation looks at how algorithms and machine learning are creating unprecedented opportunities to design workplaces that enhance wellbeing and performance. Arjun will demonstrates examples of current advanced computational analytics including tools that simultaneously balance the unique preferences of thousands of individual staff and instantaneously analyse user benefits of multiple design options. He will explore how these and other technologies can help create workplaces that are more tailor made to overall and individual wellness and performance drivers and are more adaptive to changing needs.

Arjun Kaicker is Co-Head of Workplace Analytics and Insights at Zaha Hadid Architects. Arjun has been an Architect and Workplace Consultant for 20 years and was a partner at Foster+Partners before joining ZHA in 2015

Designing for Collaboration
Sally Augustin, Design With Science

IMG_2212Psychologists and other social scientists have done scores of research studies to learn more about relationships between workplace design, communication, and collaboration. This review integrates cognitive science research findings related to designing spaces that support knowledge worker collaboration and presents practical applications of insights drawn. Studies published during the last 10 years are emphasized.

Sally Augustin is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, and physical outcomes. Her clients include manufacturers, service providers, and design firms in North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Augustin, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the Environmental Design Research Association.

Wellbeing and Performance: Stop Guessing – Start Gathering
Tim Oldman, Leesman

The era of employee first workplace experience is upon us. How prepared are you?

As the Founder of Leesman, Tim sought to offer the property market the first truly independent, unified and standardized pre and post occupancy evaluation tool.  The Leesman Index is now the largest independent workplace effectiveness database containing over a quarter of a million employee responses. As CEO, Tim is responsible for the creative and strategic development of the Leesman brand in the UK and internationally, and for exploring the opportunities to develop parallel focused products for the Higher Education and Healthcare markets.

Creating The Elemental Workplace
Neil Usher, workessence 

Neil Usher newEveryone deserves a great workplace – but for the majority, this remains a distant prospect. A focus on twelve elements can enable organisations wherever they are located, whatever the nature of their business, whatever form of workstyle or aesthetic desired or funds available, to create a fantastic workplace. Updating an idea first published in mid-2014 and recently brought together in the newly published The Elemental Workplace, this session will explore why these elements are so vital, and how they can be deployed.

The Elemental WorkplaceWe’re delighted to that Neil will be signing copies of The Elemental Workplace at the event, and a complimentary copy will be available for all delegates. 

Neil Usher is a property and workplace professional, blogger at and regular speaker and tweeter. He has been in the property industry for 25 years, originally starting in FM, and latterly as Workplace Director at Sky, passing through the music, film, engineering and mining sectors on the way including seven years as global property head for Rio Tinto. He is committed to simplifying the profession through what he calls the #ElementalWorkplace, making it possible for everyone to enjoy working in a great environment.

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You can reserve your space at the event now at the early bird rate of $350 for a single ticket or $650 for two delegate places.