Office Spaces of the Future: How Behavioural Architecture is Leading the Way

Pascal van Dort
January 10, 2023

Anne Marie is a renowned architect specializing in Behavioural Architecture. In this interview, she discusses current trends in office design, the role of strategic thinking in her work, and her vision for the future of offices.

Anne Marie is a visionary in the field of Behavioural Architecture, using design to cultivate meaningful social connections between people. She foresees a future in which office spaces are tailored to the unique needs and work styles of individuals, and is an expert in strategic thinking, using it to create solutions that align with a company's goals.

With her passion and expertise, Anne Marie is leading the charge in designing the offices of the future – spaces that are not only functional, but also uplifting and inspiring for the people who work in them.

How did you get started working in your field of expertise?

I have since my early career been interested in how architecture impacts our experience. And when I met the concepts evidence-based design and healing architecture things were moving fast. Because suddenly I as a designer could argue research based for solutions and start using architecture as a strategic approach to improve wellness and experience.

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What does the future of acoustics and design look like to you?

What skill has served you best as an architect and why?

The skill of strategic thinking. I understand the business interests of companies and by that can ensure that we create strategic solutions according to the company’s success parameters.

Your expertise is “Behavioural Architecture”. Can you explain what that means?

Behavioural Architecture is about creating social relations between people. Take Google as an example. They were ready to invest 9.5 billion dollars in 2022 in their offices up from 7 billion in 2021. Why? Because there is an impact on the bottom line of bringing people together in the offices. Furthermore it has an impact on people’s well-being and productivity when you use the office as a platform creating relations between people. So Behavioural Architecture is about using your company locations strategically to create social relations between your people for the benefit of us as employees, leaders and business owners. And it does not only account for business environments, we know that our approach also benefits home owners and patients in hospitals.

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