Category Archives: Published Articles

Change Management: Thinking Outside the Box

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Has your organization failed to see the desired change using change management? If yes,  check out this article to learn how to make successful workplace transitions using “engagement” rather than “management.” Written by BHDP’s Brady Mick, it was originally published on January 27th in the design digital publication, Work Design Magazine. Mick is a thought leader […]

Safe Stores: Five Design Ideas to Help Customers Feel Safer

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Andrew McQuilkin, retail market leader at BHDP, discusses ways his team helps retailers design with shopper’s safety in mind by creating safe stores. During a recent European Department Store conference session on the global purchasing power of Chinese nationals, a fellow audience member—the president of a major department store—whispered to me: “No one’s talking about […]

Three Reasons Why Modeling & Simulation is a “Must” for Today’s Facility Planning and Design

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Michael Verdier and Sam Zhang of BHDP’s industrial team explain how modeling and simulation can analyze production bottlenecks and improve design outcomes.   With all of the bottom-line benefits today’s Modeling & Simulation (M&S) technology offers, why are so many companies continuing to plan and design facilities, such as manufacturing plants, through outdated approaches? Capital […]

Interdisciplinary Spaces: Redefining Education, Encouraging Entrepreneurship

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Paul Orban, AIA, LEED AP, market leader for the higher education studio at BHDP, examines the purposes and benefits of “creative lab” spaces on college campuses that encourage collaboration across disciplines and lead to the generation of new ideas among faculty and students alike. Increased competition from online colleges is prompting many to question the […]

A Seat to Call “Home”—The Pros and Cons of Unassigned Seating in the Workplace

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Brady Mick, RA, MCR.w, Client Leader and Senior Workplace Strategist presented a webinar with Work Design Magazine on the benefits—and hurdles—to unassigned seating in the workplace. Brady continues the conversation by discussing three popular strategies for creating open seat-plans.   There are so many questions around taking the plunge to a 100 percent unassigned workplace, […]

The Cry for Think Time

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As office landscapes become increasingly dominated by open floor plans, BHDP’s design strategist Brady Mick weighs in on how these collaborative environments may be taking away from valuable employee think time.   Over the last 10 years, the evolving nature of work and the demand for more collaboration in the workplace have produced a profound […]

Complexity as an Advantage in Workplace Strategy

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Brady Mick, design strategist and client leader at BHDP, investigates how businesses can recognize the significance of the science behind complexity and use it to create the customized environments that are essential for today’s work.   Tension between the realities of work and current workplace strategies is taking a toll on business. With increasing work complexity at odds with […]

The End of the Age of Management

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Brady Mick, design strategist and client leader at BHDP, examines at how businesses must eliminate outdated management practices in order to plan for future success.   Western business practices were in a state of flux when management guru Peter Drucker defined the “management by objectives” formula (MBO) in his book The Practice of Management. MBO […]

Facility Condition Assessments in Higher Education

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Although the Great Recession ended several years ago, the mantra of doing more with less remains today. This thought process applies to architecture and facilities maintenance as well, whether a new building or rehabilitation project is under consideration. Both require significant investment and resources. A detailed facility condition assessment (FCA), at the beginning of a […]

Creating an Immersive Experience through Experiential Branding and Wayfinding

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In this article for University Business, Paul Orban, market leader for higher ed at BHDP, and Tim Smith, director of experiential branding, share how wayfinding and environmental graphics have become integral parts of an institution’s architectural expression.   The needs of those who work and learn in institutions of higher education require environments that reflect […]