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The Importance of Air Quality: Health, Performance and Human-Centered Design

Across the country, warm summer weather often comes with air quality alerts. While many notices include directions to help reduce the air emissions that contribute to pollution, they fail to note that outdoor pollution can impact indoor air as well, and what that means for our well-being. Yet, it is well known that air quality—indoor […]
July 13, 2018 - Article

Sticks and Stones: Uses in Outdoor Ed

Natural materials make outdoor classrooms more fun. Whether sticks or stones, flowers or fruit trees, there are seemingly countless ways to integrate natural materials into outdoor education. Here are a few ways to keep the “outdoor” in outdoor learning. Sticks… When a big storm blows through town and rattles loose branches and twigs from the […]
July 6, 2018 - Article

Well Design at Work

I have been interested that, on several recent occasions, the idea of designing for wellness principles has strongly come forward. For example, recently I was facilitating a change alignment session with 40 people who will move from private offices into a shared workplace. This level of change is abrupt for this group, and they have […]
June 28, 2018 - Article

Sustainable Schools Improve the Student Learning Environment

The core focus of sustainability is on maximizing long-term benefits while minimizing negative effects. This definition applies to what most people think of when they hear the word sustainability: reducing environmental harm and helping to improve our environment over time. It can go beyond that as well. Strategic sustainability benefits the environment, the happiness of […]
June 24, 2018 - Article

A Seat to Call “Home”: The Pros and Cons of Unassigned Seating in the Workplace

There are so many questions around taking the plunge to a 100 percent unassigned workplace, and for good reason: research in this area is lacking, in large part due to the fact that most organizations do not want to share their experiments openly. On top of that, many design firms have NDAs with organizations that […]
June 20, 2018 - Article

5 Tips For Lunch and Learns that Truly Promote Workplace Learning

When it comes to learning in the workplace, few things are as ubiquitous as the corporate “lunch and learn.” While learning can and should take place throughout the workplace and at any given moment in the day, lunch and learns can, when done properly, be a great way to engage the team in a new, […]
June 11, 2018 - Article

Meet Our Thought Leaders: Brady Mick, Workplace Learning

Director of Strategic Design, Workplace, Brady Mick has a storied career in the industry of architecture, design and learning spaces for corporate clients that spans three decades. Brady joined SHP in the Spring of 2018 and immediately made a name for himself as a deep thinker and strategic mind. What first attracted you to SHP? […]
June 5, 2018 - Article

SHP Hires Noted Strategic Workplace Design Expert, Brady Mick, to Lead Corporate Design Practice

Brady Mick has joined SHP as director of strategic design, workplace. In his new role, Mick will lead visioning, ideation, research and design efforts to develop workplaces that facilitate learning experiences. Mick has 30 years of professional experience as an architect, strategist and thought leader, focusing his efforts on the social dynamics and behavioral results […]
June 5, 2018 - Press Release

A Simple Question Reveals the Obstacles Facing Workplace Innovation

A friend walks up to a friend and asks: “How’s work?” This is a common enough question, but with much broader implications than its phatic nature might suggest. Within the many possible answers reside insights into individual motivations related to work. Beyond the usual sidestep reply of “it’s fine” come responses that show the engagement […]
June 1, 2018 - Article