Symposium on the High Performance Workplace

A discussion of directions for creating effective, healthy, and productive environments.

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From left: HOK's Biomarin, Adobe by Rapt Studio, and Port of Portland by ZGF.

Multiple factors are driving the design of todayís workplaces. Companies are striving to increase innovation, collaboration, and productivity, and to create healthy, stress-free and sustainable spaces rich with amenities.

CBE and the PG&E Pacific Energy Center organized a half-day symposium in April 2013, to promote dialogue on workplace trends and future directions.This symposium explored factors shaping todayís workplaces and provided insights on future workplace directions. See event brochure (PDF).

Session I: Work and Culture, One Size Does Not Fit All

Georgia Collins, Managing Director, CBRE Workplace Strategy

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Georgia Collins co-leads CBREís Workplace Strategy practice in the United States and is a member of the groupís global leadership team. She has a particular interest in how the needs of a changing workforce are impacting the way organizations engage their people and the choices they make about place.

Kathy Berg, Principal, and Jan Willemse, Partner, ZGF

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Kathy Berg has worked on higher education facilities, master plans, mixed-use districts, laboratories, offices, residential buildings, museums and art installations. She believes that working on a variety of project types allows for cross-pollination of ideas and opportunities for innovation. She is adept at working with clients to understand their culture and functional needs and translating that into sustainable, forward looking designs.

Jan Willemse has nearly 25 years of experience as technical designer on a variety of large, technically complex buildings. Jan approaches the creation of the built environment as a synthesis of art and science, infused with a strong sense of social responsibility. He researches and implements strategies that support design and innovation, with a focus on the intelligent application of sustainable systems and materials.

Session II: Collaboration or Concentration? Yes!

Louis Schump, Design Principal, Rapt Studio

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Louis Schump, LEED AP, is responsible for building enduring relationships with, and leading design efforts for, Raptís diverse client base. His projects include both integrated (building, interior environments, website and brand) and standalone environments. Louis designs spaces with a keen understanding of how building inhabitants interact with both their physical and virtual environments.

Antonia Cardone, Vice President, HOK

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Antonia Cardone, LEED AP, is a Workplace Strategist in HOKís San Francisco office where she leads major programming and planning projects. She has been responsible for leading major facilities planning projects for corporate, government, and education clients. She has developed substantial skills in master planning, facility planning, briefing and a range of accommodation strategies.

Henry Cheung, Senior Project Lead, IDEO

Henry Hong-Yiu Cheung is a multi-disciplinary designer focusing on designing cultural products from environments to services, bringing to life business strategies. Henryís core proficiency is applying design thinking to complex systemic problems and resolving them through a human-centered approach.


Port of Portland by ZGF. Images: Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing.


"Cube" space in HOK's London office.


Workplace design by Rapt Studio.


Clif Bar & Company Headquarters by ZGF. Image: Robert Canfield and Clif Bar.