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#6: The Power of Positive Chit Chat

Recently the SERA Workplace studio had an informal town hall-style meeting over Teams. Each member of the studio was asked to think about the following questions and come prepared to share their innermost feelings (or at least speak candidly). ♦  What do you miss about being in the office? ♦  What brings value to you […]

#5: Dear Self-Starting Team Player..

Hey You. Y‘know, you’re really special.  No, we mean it. Your collective experiences and skills polished over your lifetime make you uniquely qualified to do the work you’re doing. Maybe you’re an architect with an anthropology degree that makes you particularly adept at predicting behavior and use patterns within a building. Or perhaps you’re a […]

#4: Rules of Engagement: Constant Cooperation

As we’ve sheltered in place and avoided social contact over the last few months, many of us have thought quite a bit about what the return to office life will look like. How do we share space and physical resources? How will we provide the mental and spiritual support for each other? How can we […]

#3: Rules of Engagement: Building Trust

At SERA, we come to work knowing that our offices are environments of respect, cooperation and collaboration. That’s not going to change when we return after working from home for so long. But it won’t be exactly the same office we left either. Social distancing, face masks, obsessively cleaned surfaces and a conspicuous lack of […]

#2: Social Contact Requires a Social Contract

Welcome back to the SERA Workplace series! Have you thought much about social contracts? No? That makes all of us. Prior to this pandemic, it was (hopefully) understood that you shouldn’t take up two seats on a crowded train, trim your nails at the conference table, stand facing the back of the elevator, Reply All […]

#1: The Future of Workplace is Us

Have you seen that feature on the Web about the new plastic dividers between desks and the new social-distancing-conscious layouts for conference rooms? So have we. All fifty-thousand versions of it. We would like to approach the question of our future workplace not from the perspective of furniture layouts, but from the point of view […]

Design Through the Lens of Biomimicry

The wisdom of nature and its delicate beauty has long influenced art and design. It changes with the seasons, adapts to sunlight, temperature and rain, and has done so for thousands of years. Nature adapts to the earth’s cyclical processes, and so can our buildings. Enter Biomimicry, the concept of consciously emulating nature’s genius by […]

Missed Our Discussion on Active Mobility? Stream It Here!

Covid-19 and social distancing requirements have changed how we engage outdoors, how we commute, travel and recreate — in many ways for the better! Earlier this month, we brought together a panel of active mobility experts in the Bay Area to help answer the question on many of our minds: How do we leverage this […]

No Surprise Guests: Using Nature to Curb Contagions in Hotels

In our previous entry, we talked about the pervasiveness of harmful chemicals in our environments, and how the practices of Green Chemistry are leading to creative, healthier solutions. In this entry, we’ll be sharing how another sustainable design movement, Biomimicry, can reduce the transmission of viruses and harmful bacteria in high-turnover spaces such as the […]