Work Place / Work Life 2019

Each year the Work Place / Work Life forum explores the seismic shifts happening in workplace design throughout Australia and abroad – from technological disruption to the rise of the sharing economy.

The one-day conference brings together international and local experts, architects and designers to discuss these shift and speculate on the future of workplace design.

This year’s event is happening at the Eternity Playhouse in Sydney on 28 August. Architects can earn five formal CPD points.

The speakers so far announced are:

Paulette Christophersen – partner, PLH Architecture

Paulette Christophersen, an Australian based in Copenhagen, will draw on twenty years of experience in Denmark to share ideas that could inspire new directions in an Australian context.

Sarah Cotton – co-founder and organizational psychologist, Transitioning Well

Dr Sarah Cotton will discuss the shifting culture and considerations of an ageing workforce including the importance of taking a proactive approach and best practice strategies for recruitment, retention and retirement for a mature age workforce.

Sue Solly – spatial planning director, experience design, Deloitte Digital

Specializing in the strategic design of workplace projects, Sue has successfully led design teams on major projects for clients such as BHP Billiton, Aurecon, DLA Piper, UBS, Australia Post and Worksafe. Sue augments workplace design with hospitality projects inherently understanding that brand translation into the built form is fundamental to the success of a venue.

Primo Orpilla – co-founder, Studio O+A

Primo Orpilla is the co-founder of Studio O+A, a multi-disciplinary San Francisco design firm that has changed the way we think about work and workplace. O+A’s groundbreaking designs for Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Cisco, Uber, Nike and many other companies have demonstrated the power of design to make the work environment a catalyst for creativity and a vehicle for change.

Also used to focus the discussion will be two case studies – Arup Workplace by Emily Moss (principal, Hassell) and Barwon Water Headquarters by Martin Palmer (director of architecture, GHD Woodhead).

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In a review of last year’s event – which included speakers from across Australia, China, the Netherlands and the UK – Hannes Zirknitzer wrote: “It seems the decision-making roles around optimizing workplaces need to change.

“…A rebalancing towards those closer to understanding the lives of employees, and those who are able to respond to the unique culture and personality of each organization, seems crucial for meaningful innovation – one that can truly create a better connection between the design of ‘work’ and life.”

For further details, head here

Work Place/Work Life, presented by Architecture Media, is part of Design Speaks, a series of talks, seminars, forums and conferences on and about architecture and design, for design professionals and their clients and interested members of the wider community. The Major partner for this even is Planned Cover and supporting partners are Ownworld and Space Furniture.


Eternity Playhouse
39 Burton Street,  Darlinghurst,  NSW,  2010,  Australia
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