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Products, Places & People

A ‘think tank’ group committed to acting as a collective within the workplace design community to identify developments and ‘best practice’ relating to sustainability. The purpose of the Group is to promote and applaud achievements and, more importantly, to create a forum for knowledge sharing and exchange.

The group will represent the full scope of the office design sector – architects, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and sustainability experts. Importantly, all participants must endorse and accept the spirit of non-competition. We are working towards the greater good – ultimately to reduce our climate impact.

Our Mission

The Collective’s mission is to connect, inspire and engage. It is recognised that the quest for greater environmental responsibility and sustainability is a huge challenge. Collaboration is essential to accelerate the pace of change.

Sustainability is ultimately about balancing three key factors – the environment; society; and the economy. Each themed topic will be addressed through the lens of three distinct aspects: Products, Places, People. There is so much ‘green wash’. Some companies seek to hide behind marketing words – we must ‘call this out’ and highlight the importance of environmental responsibility.

We also encourage people to describe difficulties and hurdles. This will potentially lead to further research, potentially public sector funded, to move the next level of sustainability.

Core Team

Harsha Kotak,
Founder, Women In Office Design & Projects Director at K2 Space

Joanna Knight,
WOD Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager

Ella Fathi,
Design Director, Oktra

Georgia Elliott-Smith,
Managing Director, Element Four

Collective Members

Angela Dapper,
Principal, Grimshaw

Laura Wardrope,
Senior Project Manager, JLL

Asif Din,
Sustainability Director, Perkins&Will

Rhiannon Laurie, Design Sustainability Director, Gensler

May Fawzy,
Design Director, MF Studio & Director at BIID

Dicky Lewis,
Owner Director at White Red Architects

Lucy Bagshaw,
Designer at tp bennett

Emily King,
Designer, BDP architects

Gurvinder Khurana,
Director, M Moser

Natasha Hewlett,
Senior Project Designer, Peldon Rose

Ana Rita Martins,
Senior Associate, Sustainability & Design, Woodalls Design

Deepak Parmar​,
Design Director/B Corp Lead, MCM

Nigel Tresise,
Director & Founder, align interior architecture and design

 

 

 

Supported by

Collective Partners

What we do…

Format

The Collective will meet every 8 weeks starting in January 2022, with each event focussed on a particular topic.

Each session will be a minimum of 2 hours. The Collective will hear presentations, research and findings from participating members. Presentations are also encouraged to include details of difficulties and challenges yet to be overcome.

A full transcript will be made of each event. A shorter summary will be prepared and shared via the dedicated micro-site within the WOD web site.

Goals

• To provide a platform for open debate

• To share knowledge and findings

• To create a credible information database

• To highlight difficulties to relevant bodies such as trade associations for
additional assistance and lobbying

How to get involved…

If you are interested in supporting or sponsoring this collective initiative and would like to know how you can partner with us, please fill the form below and we will get back to you with the benefits of partnering, partnership fees and how you can get involved in the meetings with the collective.

    If you are interested in joining the collective please fill in the form below and send to register your interest. We will get back to you when there is an availability to participate in one of the collective meetings.

    Please note the collective is for designers, architects and sustainability experts from workplace design only.