SCIENCES | DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR A POST-COVID WORLD

Editor’s note: This post is part of Gensler’s Design Forecast Live Webinar series. This article, and the associated webinar, originally appeared on Gensler.com.


The recent launch of Gensler’s latest Design Forecast explores how designs focused on adaptability and flexibility are enabling nimble innovation for the sciences industry as it works under the urgent pressure to lead the world out of this crisis. In the race to find solutions to COVID-19, many science organizations have been developing faster diagnostics, life-saving therapies, effective vaccines, and innovative products and technologies. How has the pandemic changed how scientists work, and how can non-lab spaces be converted to spur new scientific hubs?

In this webinar, Gensler’s Sciences leaders Justin Cratty, Erik Lustgarten, Chad Yoshinobu, and Anthony Brower present the key trends influencing science organizations, lab operators, and developers in a post-pandemic world. A panel discussion follows, led by Gensler Strategy Director Filipa de Albuquerque, Cities & Urban Design Leader Andre Brumfield, and Office Building Developer Leader Darrel Fullbright.

As the pandemic has pushed scientists to work in new ways, the panelists share considerations for the lab of the future as labs become innovation and collaboration hubs at the center of the workplace. Gensler’s experts also discuss how speed to market is defining real estate strategy as new models and leasing structures emerge in response to the growth curves of science companies and explain how a shortage is driving building owners and developers to convert non-lab space to support R&D activities for science organizations in prime markets.

Watch the webinar and download Gensler’s Design Forecast 2021 to discover trends and strategies for designing science workplaces and facilities to foster reconnection, support collaboration, and help drive innovation to solve the biggest global challenges.


Co-Author: Justin Cratty’s experience as a scientific researcher provides him with unique knowledge and insight that informs his design work. In his role as a Sciences Leader, he brings his singular perspective to projects ranging from laboratory strategy and change-management consultancy to the design of scientific campuses and headquarters. An award-winning designer, Justin is particularly interested in creating the best possible environments to support the work of today’s scientists. Justin is based in London. Contact him at Justin_Cratty@Gensler.com.

Co-Author: Erik Lustgarten is a global leader in Gensler’s Sciences practice, Erik applies his deep understanding of the technical challenges faced by science organizations to design creative research environments for Higher Education clients and companies such as Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline. He is based in Boston. Contact him at Erik_Lustgarten@gensler.com.

Co-Author: Chad Yoshinobo is global leader of Gensler’s Sciences practice and one of a handful of design directors responsible for setting the standard of design excellence across the firm’s global organization. Chad believes that design should be purposeful, compelling, and should tell an extraordinary story about the client, their goals, and their beliefs. Originally from Honolulu, Chad has been practicing in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years, where he co-founded Gensler’s Seattle office. Contact him at Chad_Yoshinobu@Gensler.com.

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