The Common Ground Between Architects, Interior Designers, and Technology

“If two or three agree on a common purpose, nothing is impossible.” — Jim Rohn   

 

We could not agree more.  

 

Great spaces start with great goals. As technology consultants, we share a common purpose with our architect and interior design partners to create spaces that meet the goals of our clients. While each client and project are different, there is common ground in the desire to create buildings and workplaces that help organizations work better.  

 

This comes from a workplace that provides the right atmosphere for productivity, efficiency, and wellness.  

 

Successful spaces – be it retrofits or new builds – hinge on the ability of design and technology experts to rally around this common purpose from start to finish on projects.   

 

 Here are some of the top spaces and features that can thrive when end-to-end collaboration between architects, interior designers and technology consultants comes to life.  

 

Collaborative spaces 

From boardrooms to huddle boards, these are the spaces that bring people together.  There is a fundamental expectation from users that these spaces will allow them to share their ideas and their information with each other. Users today expect, if not demand, that this sharing can happen digitally. As such, these spaces need to be designed in unison between technology consultants, architects, and interior designers.    

In our experience, the most successful collaborative spaces come from early, simultaneous planning between these three arms of expertise.  

 

Specialized People spaces 

Some spaces will exist solely for use of technology. Buildings increasingly require spaces like command-and-control centres, simulation rooms and visualization studios.  For these spaces, it is essential that planning starts with technology requirements, followed closely by design. This early integration of technology allows these spaces to work well, and synch with the rest of the building’s design and build.  

 

Digital Architecture 

The look and feel of a space are essential to culture, as well as our enjoyment and engagement with our workplace. Many of the most successful projects are leveraging the new and exciting possibilities of Digital Architecture.   Digital Architecture allows for the creation of fluid and interactive design features, without the use of traditional materials (e.g., bricks, wood).    From virtual waterfalls to immersive art, the possibilities of Digital Architecture are virtually endless.  

 

Technology support rooms  

Just like mechanical and electrical systems are mandatory parts of design and planning, so is technology.  Technology requires a thoughtful and collaborative approach to where and how it is positioned, stored, and accessed – from cables to back-end support.

 

The storytelling of security 

Security has always been a fundamental part of all workplaces… but the requirements of security are changing, resulting in creative technology and design solutions. Security is more than controlling access to a building. Sensors once used to control who gets in will now be used to track who goes where. This information can be vital in understanding the flow of traffic in a building to manage occupant well-being. Furthermore, this information can be shared with the end user so they can make informed decisions about where and how they work depending on the flow of the traffic in the building, in real time.  

Moreso, users can interact with sensors to determine where teammates are for meetings, or quick huddles.  The solutions come to life with the thoughtful integration of security and AV solutions into design.  

 

Successful projects require a village of experts. When architects, interior designers, and technology consultants rally around a common purpose of driving client success, remarkable things can happen.  

 

 

At Attain, we strive to deliver excellence in our technology expertise, and in our processes with our partners.  We love technology but are passionate about client needs. Give us a call today.

Brad Couse
, VP, Audio Visual
Brad joined the Attain group 3 years ago, drawn by the atmosphere of creativity in technological design to help clients, and their projects thrive. Brad believes that audio visual technologies can empower people to share thoughts and inspire emotion, unlocking the full potential of buildings, workplaces, and their users.

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