For Architects, COVID-19 Is Creating Building Design Changes
“We are seeing a lot of changes, and it varies from building to building,” RIOS COO and Creative Director Jessamyn Davis said. “There are a lot of workplace changes. Historically, we’ve always had densely populated offices. That might not be something people are going to be comfortable with [post COVID]. Having a permanent physical desk will go away. Many people might find that they’ll only get together in an office for specific reasons and not come in every single day because they can accomplish their work from home.”
Homes have also changed, Davis said. People are creating dedicated spaces in their home for an office. Davis said RIOS has recently reconfigured their office headquarters in Los Angeles to adapt to the new office environment.
“If there is one thing that we’ve learned from the pandemic is that it’s made us more aware that our homes and offices have more to offer in terms of outdoor space,” she said.