Katrina Kostic Samen is Managing Partner of KKS with three decades in commercial development and workplace design. Her approach for strategic and design advice with businesses is rooted in an ‘inside-out’ architectural philosophy that puts the individual first.
This individual and rigorous approach to workplace strategy and design has lead to KKS winning and being shortlisted for 6 BCO awards this year.
Hiscox – WINNER – Corporate Workplace – North of England, North Wales & Northern Ireland
Architects: Make Architects – Interior Architecture and Workplace Strategist: KKS
also with MAKE Architects
32 Cleveland St – Shortlisted – Recycled & Refurbished Workplace – London & South East Architects: Make Architects – Space Planning & Interior Design: KKS
CMS – WINNER – Fit-out of Workplace – London & South East Architects: MCM Architecture. Interior Architecture: KKS Client floors; MCM Workfloors
AON – SHORTLISTED – Fit out of workplace- London & South East Architects: Gensler – Strategic Brief : KKS
Private Equity Firm – SHORTLISTED- Under 2000sqm – London & South East Interior Architecture KKS
One New Ludgate – SHORTLISTED – Commercial Workplace – London & South East Architects: Fletcher Priest – Interior Architecture KKS
Katrina discussed the role of the format in today’s workplace and the workplace of the future. For most, the open-plan office is now the norm, while improvements in the capability and availability of technology mean that more and more of us are choosing to abandon a permanent desk altogether and work wherever and whenever we want. But is this way of working fostering greater collaboration and boosting productivity – or are we inadvertently creating a distracted and inefficient workforce?
In her talk, Katrina reviewed the relationship between where – and how – we work, and how productive we are. Analysing the requirements and expectations of differing employee demographics, she explored the building blocks needed to create a productive workspace – and what this means for those seeking to create an efficient work environment.