The visibility experience: openness and privacy in workplace design

Venue | Herman Miller National Design Centre, London

Next course date | tbc


“This course was fantastic, very easy to follow and very well researched.” Philipp Siedler, Zaha Hadid Architects

“Thought provoking subject matter. Excellently delivered to maximise audience interaction and participation.” Gary Helm, H4 Consult

“Very much enriched my knowledge! You can immediately use it in practice.” Anne Wernand, Mapiq

“The course was really useful and tested the way I think about design and how people feel about where they work.” Laura Wood, Great Ormond Street Hospital

“The course provided more rigour than most other workplace events I have attended which illicited better levels of conversation from participants.” Aditya Aachi, Cullinan Studio

“Kerstin and Ros have the perfect way to pass scientific insights in a simple, understandable way. I would love to be part of their upcoming workshops.” Katerina Ap, Scott Brownrigg

The efficacy of open plan offices is a hotly debated topic and sometimes it seems almost impossible to enter the debate with sufficient authority and certainty about the rights and wrongs and the many subtleties involved in successful open plan design.

By taking a step back into the fundamentals of visibility in complex buildings and drawing on academic theories developed at the Bartlett School of Architecture about the impact of visibility on people’s behaviour, this short course will enable you to explore the issues surrounding openness and intimacy in workplace settings.

With an emphasis firmly on using evidence and data to inform practice, this half day course, held in an office showroom environment, will enable participants to learn how visibility can be systematically measured and evaluated and then, by applying these principles, to investigate the various ways visibility can affect end users in the workplace.

The programme will be highly experiential and participative and will allow time for guided reflection and discussion about the practical application of the knowledge you will have gained. Participants will also leave with a framework for conducting their own ‘visibility audit’.

Who should attend?

Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a scientist to attend. However, you will probably gain most benefit from this course if you have a role in developing workplace design strategies as a professional end user or as a consultant, you are actively working as a workplace designer or architect or are a specialist in another aspect of workplace design and want to broaden your knowledge. You may also see attending this course as an opportunity to contribute towards your CPD.

More details and booking

Will be available once we have scheduled a new time and date.