The Department of Architecture at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), in collaboration with Waterford Chamber, hosted a seminar on ‘Cultivating a Workplace – Waterford’ where participants from across the region discussed how architects can contribute to the development of a workplace environment.
According to Sharon O’Brien, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture at WIT, “The main aim of the seminar was to begin a conversation between providers and managers of work place environments in the Waterford area with research design academics within the Department of Architecture at WIT.
“This is the first step in discussing, and hopefully finding solutions to, the many challenges of creating working environments that enhance both employees’ wellbeing and productivity within the work place.”
Architects from two award winning architectural practices, Denis Byrne from Denis Byrne Architects (Architects for the Board Gais HQ in Dublin) and Conor MacCabe from Henry J Lyons Architects (Architects for the Google HQ IN Dublin), presented their recent designs for contemporary workplaces within Ireland as well as the principals of quality workplace design applicable across a range of industrial, office, and laboratory environments.
Ms O’Brien continued, “We hope that this seminar, and others like it, will initiate collaborative research between the business community and our design academics in the Department of Architecture at WIT”.
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Caption: Pictured at the Cultivating a Workplace Waterford event are Peter Cudden (Glanbia); Robert Shortall (Glanbia); Sharon O'Brien (Department of Architecture in WIT); Andrew Crowley (Teva); Laurent Borla (Arkopharma); Aleksandar Kostic (Department of Architecture in WIT) and John Flahavan (E. Flahavan & Sons).