Work and school are no longer just places. They’re complete experiences.
May 09, 2019
May 09, 2019
Higher education and workplace environments have evolved—which might be why you don’t mind staying for more than 40 hours a week
Everyone is talking about how workplace is changing—open floor plans are debated daily. But have you noticed that higher education is changing too? We’re here to tell you that it’s not a coincidence. As the design of corporate workplaces are adapting to the changing ways in which we work, university campus buildings are embracing many of these models in the creation of spaces that are increasingly multi-purpose. The blurring of the lines between “earning and learning environments” offers universities the opportunity to create spaces that address the needs and aspirations of today’s students by learning from the design innovation being delivered within international commercial workplace environments.
Workplaces and higher education environments have transformed into something more than just a place—the most innovative designs offer an experience to all users.
While our parents may have enjoyed the same job for their entire adulthood, that is no longer the case for our next generation of workers. 65% of children entering school today will end up with jobs that don’t yet exist, and millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2021—and 75% by 2025.
Workplaces are embracing more fluid and intuitive ways of working as a new generation of employee arrives on the scene, fresh from academia. Cubicles, private offices, and desktop computers are disappearing from the corporate landscape while classrooms, desks, and chalkboards are vanishing from schools. As schools continue to offer higher quality spaces to students, corporate employees may not be content with cubicles, outdated technology, and hierarchical space planning for long.
Both universities and companies are struggling with the same issues and asking very similar questions. We’ve found that many clients need help with engagement, retention, and recruiting:
Another way that workplace and higher education environments are colliding? The increasing number of incubators on campuses.
Progressive learning environments and workplace design have evolved, and we’re seeing that each can learn from the other to benefit users.
Universities are discussing with interested companies the opportunity to lease space at specific buildings on campus that are aligned to extend the degree-content another way. This extension of learning is a differentiator for the university, and the involved corporations get fresh ideas and leads to new hires. The design of the space is very adaptable so it can accommodate different corporations over time. It intentionally looks different to recruit researchers and professors in addition to students visiting to determine which school they will attend.
One example of this type of space is the John Hopkins University Technology Ventures FastForward Hub. To provide Baltimore’s growing innovation scene with much needed office, co-working, and wet lab space, Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures created a state-of-the-art innovation hub to serve the needs of area start-ups. Located at the heart of the EBDI Science & Technology Park, the 37,000-square-foot facility encompasses two floors of collaborative workspace with 17,000-square-feet dedicated to start-up labs, 8,000-square-feet of office space for start-ups, and 12,000-square-feet of office space for entrepreneurial advisors.
Progressive learning environments and workplace design have evolved, and we’re seeing that each can learn from the other to benefit users. To promote engagement, companies and universities are focusing on experiences rather than simply being destinations. Designs are evolving to incorporate various experiences within buildings instead of devoting them to distinct uses. By providing these experiences, students are more inclined to use campus buildings and employees are more likely to work in the office rather than working from home.