“2020 will go down in history as the year we were forced to stay at home. As a result of that, and the overnight shift to mass home working, 2021 will be the first year when most employees have a genuine choice of where and how they want to work. That will be transformational not just for society and the shape of our urban centres, but for our physical office environments.
“It’s also going to be a year of renewed hope and innovation. All of the thinking that has been encouraged by the pandemic can start to become a reality – around truly hybrid working and better quality office spaces that excite and motivate people. Corporate occupiers are going to want a clear vision of where they should be heading to attract staff back through their doors in a positive way, and will be looking for design teams with the ability and the ambition to help them manage that crucial change.
“But the design industry itself needs to adapt. Our collective resolution for the New Year must be to find a way to combine the opportunity of online collaboration with the creativity and immediacy of a design studio. We’re not there yet, but the challenge isn’t going away.”