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Will Ready Metropolis Competition Finalist

Will Ready Metropolis Competition subway drawing

Will Ready, a fourth year student in the Interior Architecture Program, was chosen as a finalist in the Metropolis Workplace of the Future 2.0 competition for his entry Transitworks. The competition entry was completed in the Fall Semester Elements of Interior Architecture course directed by Professor Sheri Schumacher

The competition, sponsored by Metropolis and Business Interiors, challenged design students and practitioners to explore how the modern workplace is changing and how we will work in 2020?  The competition brief stated, “Rapid and dramatic developments are remaking how we work. The technology we utilize continues to evolve at a break-neck pace. The modern office is adjusting to the "work everywhere" approach while ushering in a new generation of employees with different expectations and standards. Today, systems thinkers who explore all facets of sustainability, accessibility, material innovation and technology shape the design of everything.”

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Will Ready’s Transitworks design proposal aimed to increase workers’ efficiency by providing accommodation for group work over long commutes in a mass transit context.  Will describes his proposal for mobile workers, as “The majority of work would be short-term, accomplished in a transition between home and work or between two different workplaces It would be a place to connect into a remote work network with a colleague, a team, or with professionals who work in different offices; it would be a place of transition into the official workday. For off-site meetings, it would be a place for a team to prepare for the meeting on the way. Work-network technology has allowed for workers to become more mobile and capable of working in subways, buses, trains, and airports in addition to different offices and desks; the proposal acknowledges the need for face-to-face interaction between workers who might work from home, different desks, or even different offices but are still working together on projects.”

Will’s design proposal was one of 153 competition entries evaluated by a three-member jury including Rachel Casanova, director of workplace for Perkins + Will, A.J. Paron-Wildes of Allsteel Office, and Paul Makovsky, Metropolis’s editorial and brand director.  The jurors selected ten finalists; their comments and the award winners are featured in the January 2015 Metropolis magazine article “The Workplace of the Future Will Have Sky Gardens to Harvest Your Lunch”.  The article concludes, “The open-office layout hasn’t changed much since Frank Lloyd Wright’s pioneering 1906 Larkin Administration Building.  But if this year’s competition submissions are a sign of what’s to come, then a much-needed shift is surely ahead in the future of workplace design.”

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As one of the ten finalists, Will Ready was invited to participate in an event called Shaping the Workplace of the Future 2.0 where Metropolis magazine Publisher/Editor in Chief Susan Szenasy moderated a panel on workplace trends held in San Francisco in November 2014.  The event included video presentations by the finalists who were equally split among architectural and design professionals with years of experience and students in or approaching their final year of school. The projects were selected because of the clear direction toward modular spaces and integrated technology in rethinking the work environment.  Will Ready remarked that his experience at the San Francisco was inspiring. He “mingled with talented architects and designers from around the country, and I spoke with professionals who were investigating the same ideas that we were in class. It was exciting to feel like I was a part of a larger interdisciplinary conversation about the future workplace."

Metropolis Competition, Transitworks—Workplace of the Future 2.0, by Will Ready



Will Ready_Transitworks_video clip for Workplace of the Future Panel in SF_2014