“The nature of work has radically changed,” says Simone Oliver, national sector leader – interior architecture at Architectus and Ambassador to FRONT.design 2019. “The rise of technology, automation, globalisation” – these are the big-picture forces driving change.

On the ground, we see it play out through rapidly growing markets like the gig economy and co-working. Influenced by a clashing of typologies in which seemingly disparate markets like social media, education and hospitality bring new depth to what was a clearly delineated field of reference.

Simone Oliver outlines the defining design influences in workplace design of our time and the role the architecture profession plays within those influences.

Simone Oliver

With a career spanning 25 years, Simone Oliver has led creative teams to develop award-winning workplace, hospitality and learning communities for some of the world’s foremost companies and institutions. She is responsible for driving the overall strategy, business development and project delivery of workplace, education, and interior architecture projects.

Working closely with clients, Simone creates smart and beautiful signature environments that are characterised by an approach that celebrates the human condition, and support transformational change in the way people think, feel and act. The tangible benefits to her clients often lie in increased engagement by users in learning, knowledge sharing, health, wellbeing and workplace happiness.