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How design in education is shaping workplaces of the future

June 12, 2023

By Jennifer Grafton and Stephanie Wood

Jennifer Grafton & Stephanie Wood explore the past, present, and future to understand how new education is impacting the workplace in Work Design

The most important skills for workers in 2023 are analytical thinking and creative thinking (WEF Future Jobs Report). Education environments are shifting to nurture the development of these skills in students – shouldn’t our workplaces do the same?

A look into the past

The Industrial Revolution ushered in a new era of education. The one-room schoolhouse made way for the graded-school model born from the rise of mass production, closely resembling factories spurring America’s growth. Students were educated efficiently, seated in a rigid grid, and facing the all-knowing instructor who delivered knowledge to a captive audience that moved from subject to subject at the sound of a bell. Repetition led to memorization, which aligned well with the expectations of the workplace, where many earned their living performing repetitive tasks on assembly lines.

Read the full article in Work Design Magazine.

  • Jennifer Grafton

    A project manager and education design professional, Jennifer’s ambition is to grow our education and K-12 design studios.

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  • Stephanie Wood

    A facilities planner with a background in architecture, design, and historic preservation, Stephanie designs thoughtful, innovative workplace strategy, and master planning solutions focusing on efficiency and productivity in work environments.

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