Time Sharing: The Multi-Functional Office

Yee, Ryan
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The purpose of my thesis is to create and develop a new office layout that meets the needs of current and new office trends. However, this thesis is only the starting point of my career in understanding how office design improves employee productivity and work efficiency. By applying current research to office design improvement, this space planning layout will benefit trends in modern technology, innovative projects and global development and relations. My goal is to improve current and new office designs with key components found in society. The objective of my study is to improve conditions found in offices where limited square footage and space planning is a major factor in the design. As a result, the Multi‐ Functional office will look at current workplaces that encourage new space developments to improve conditions that are imposed by limited office space. Once the real estate is acquired by the client, the architect has to satisfy all program requirements in addition to building and egress codes. However, designing an office layout that improves efficiency and enhances productivity is challenging. Therefore a comfortable work environment should keep one important factor in mind – the ‘Human Factor.’ This is the point where my thesis begins. My intention is not to write a book of codes or explain how past office designs could be improved. Rather, I want to stimulate creative thinking within the office layout that would be appropriate for tomorrow’s workplace. This new type of space planning may or may not be 100 percent practical in specific industries found in the present day office environments, but we can assume that the new design in the office will create awareness of current problems and challenges found in the workplace. This thesis includes a perspective on alternative workplace strategies and innovative office design for better and more efficient use of space. My research is not advocating a specific office layout. This intended design is the starting point for new ways of looking at the office and is not directing clients and/or architects to follow this space planning precisely. This office layout does not apply to all places of work and/or specific types of office industries. I believe this is a new strategy that presents a new way of thinking. The methodology used is a combination of several types of research methods. The two main methods are Interpretive‐Historical and Qualitative research. Interpretive‐ Historical is based on facts, i.e. archived, records, books, on anything related historically. Qualitative research method comes directly from current information that is found in interviewing, observing and surveying people. This research method is used to understand and analyze specific trends not found in the past. When comparing the past to current trends, we can learn how certain decisions and facts improved or failed in the office environment. Some of the information in this methodology was collected through research conducted by various companies and/or industries that strive to improve the workplace with alternative solutions.
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