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26.10.2022, Cologne
The Next Space @ Orgatec
– The empathetic workplace

IBA Forum live on the spot

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On 26 October 2022, the IBA Forum and FRAME invite you to the third edition of “The Next Space”. The focus is on the question of how employees can be empowered to work more effectively. Be there! Cologne Trade Fair Centre, Hall 6, Stand C‑088 / E‑089. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Programme on 26 OCtober 2022:

The Next Space @ ORGATEC – The empathetic workplace

In today’s reality, work can happen anywhere, anytime. The impact on the design of offices, homes and third places is huge. How can employers attract and retain talent, empower people to work more effectively, inspire creativity and foster collaboration? How can design and technology shape amazing, truly inclusive experiences? These questions will be addressed by the third edition of The Next Space, taking place on 26 October at ORGATEC, Cologne. Together with IBA an interactive event with talks, workshops and guided tours will investigate the future of work from every angle.

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The event starts at 10:15 a.m. Afterwards, IBA and FRAME invite you to the FRAME Awards @ ORGATEC ceremony and cocktail from 5 p.m.
[Event language: English]

Details and registration

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Robert Thiemann – The Next Space: A manifesto for the future 

Robert Thiemann is the founder of FRAME, a global platform for professionals in the interior design industry. Dedicated to exploring what’s next in spatial design, FRAME is always on the lookout for what’s happening on the cusp of innovation and creativity. Established in 1997 as a magazine, FRAME meanwhile publishes books, recognizes spatial design excellence with the FRAME Awards, organizes physical and virtual events, and offers strategic and communication advice to its stakeholders.

Robert Thiemann, Founder and director, FRAME
Robert Thiemann, Founder and director, FRAME

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Marco Huber – The purposeful office: How real estate can work again for workers 

Marco Huber has more than 18 years of experience guiding large companies in transforming their ways of working, corporate spaces and culture. He worked to develop UBS’s global corporate architecture and sharpened the workplace design strategy for Steelcase’s EMEA offices as a collaborator. Before taking the lead of commercial real estate company JLL’s DACH and CEE Workplace Strategy team, he founded his own think-tank company. It linked the strategic importance of space with the implementation of corporate strategy for a variety of C‑level clients. 

Marco Huber, SVP Workplace Strategy DACH & CEE, JLL Work Dynamics
Marco Huber, SVP Workplace Strategy DACH & CEE, JLL Work Dynamics

12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Lunch & Guided Tours – The FRAME team will guide visitors along the most interesting stands, the most innovative products and technologies at ORGATEC.  

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sonya Simmonds – Co-created communities: Why employees will lead the next phase of office design

Having previously worked for architectural companies in London and Stockholm on projects for clients such as Schroders, Bloomberg, Discovery Channel and DICE, interior architect Sonya Simmonds now works as the Global Head of Workplace Innovation and Design at Spotify, in which role she focuses on the workplace designs of the audio streaming company’s offices worldwide.

Sonya Simmonds, Head of Workplace Innovation & Design, Spotify
Sonya Simmonds, Head of Workplace Innovation & Design, Spotify

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bas van de Poel / Astin le Clercq – New Office Rituals: Designing a more seamless and inclusive collaboration experience for the new reality of hybrid work

Modem is an office for design and innovation dedicated to creating new brand experiences for clients such as Nike, Ikea, Moncler, Google and Snap Inc. The Amsterdam-based studio was founded by Bas van de Poel, formerly Creative Director at Ikea’s innovation lab Space10, and Astin le Clercq, who previously served as Creative Director at experiential design studio Random. In addition to client work, the practice has an academic emphasis, and has contributed to research papers for elite institutions including MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley.

Bas van de Poel & Astin le Clercq, Founders, Modem  
Bas van de Poel & Astin le Clercq, Founders, Modem  

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ron Bakker – The neurodiverse workplace: How wearables and sensors can make space smarter 

Ron Bakker’s focus as an architect is how architecture and new technologies can improve the quality of life in the urban environment. He has translated that into the design of buildings like The Edge in Amsterdam and various global projects. Deeply involved in the educational aspect of architecture, Ron delivers lectures and symposia in academic and professional settings. He currently helms PLP Labs where he is involved in research and collaboration projects at the intersection of technology, culture and space, with institutions and commercial clients alike.

Ron Bakker, Founder and Partner, PLP Architecture and author of Smart Buildings
Ron Bakker, Founder and Partner, PLP Architecture and author of Smart Buildings

5:00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Day closing, FRAME Awards @ ORGATEC ceremony and cocktail reception

FRAME Awards @ ORGATEC
A continuation from the latest edition of ORGATEC (2018), the best trade-fair stands will win a FRAME Award in four categories: 
•    Best use of colour 
•    Best use of light 
•    Best use of material 
•    Trade-fair stand of the year 

Please register for participation in the programme on 26 October 2022 via Eventim: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-next-space-orgatec-the-empathetic-workplace-tickets-386765244257

Participation fee incl. ORGATEC ticket and lunch: 95,00 € + 5,80 € (ticket service fee)

More ORGATEC programmes

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