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Two-week international and interdisciplinary workshop on workplace management.

COORDINATORS

The nature of work has been evolving recently, along with the way workspaces are used. This dynamic has major implications for workspace design and management that need to respond to new challenges.

This course will assist students, practitioners and researchers to engage with these ongoing evolutions. Participants to the course will learn to:

  • integrate different disciplines in a sound reasoning around the workplace;
  • manage the planning, programming, and executing phases of workplace change processes;
  • picture the future evolution of workplaces and its impact at the building and urban scale.
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Politecnico di Milano,
piazza Leonardo da Vinci,
Milan (Italy)

Monday 1 – Friday 12, July 2019

ACTIVITIES

1° week: Mon 1 – Fri 5 > theory & practice
Weekend: Sat 6 – Sun 7 > learning expedition
2° week: Mon 8 – Fri 12 > theory & practice

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in workplace design, strategies, change management, and facility management. Students might want to integrate a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of the field in their thesis and prospect research.
  • Researchers who are investigating the social, economic and environmental impacts of the most recent workplace changes. They might want to receive new insights and stimuli to expand their horizons.
  • Young practitioners who are currently working in the field of corporate real estate management, space planning, and related themes. Professionals might want to upgrade their skills in order to specialize further their careers.

You can email us at:

sswm-dabc@polimi.it

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COORDINATORS & ORGANIZERS

Ying Hua
Ying HuaAssociate Professor
She teaches at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. She has been conducting research on post-occupancy evaluation (POE); interaction between occupants, building systems, and building performance; and impact of workplace on behavioral and organizational outcomes.
Andrea Ciaramella
Andrea CiaramellaAssociate Professor
He teaches Architectural Technology at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering. He undertakes research in Asset, Property, Facility, and Building Management, with particular attention to building performance and enhancement. He founded BraVe spinoff.
Chiara Tagliaro
Chiara TagliaroPostdoctoral researcher
She works in the Real Estate Center at Politecnico di Milano, as a postdoc researcher, lecturer and consultant. Her research intersts encompass Key Performance Indicators for design, management and use of the workspace; next-generation workplaces; gender differences in the workplace; and workplace management education.

FORMAT AND METHODS

The course discusses the workplace as an interdisciplinary area between research and practice. The course encompasses:

  • Theoretical lessons

Will include the following topics:

  • The history of the workplace in the 20th century
  • Organizational changes
  • The role of Corporate Real Estate Management
  • What workplaces look like nowadays: working everywhere
  • Ergonomics in the workplace
  • Facilities management: an evolving discipline
  • Workplace strategies: how to think strategically
  • The role of an architect in the project of a workplace
  • The impact of the workplace at the urban scale
  • Case studies: stories of change management.
  • Field exploration

Includes visits to three atypical workplaces:

  • Corporate workplace
  • Co-working space
  • Third space as a workplace.
  • Practical exercise

Will be organized by simulating the encounter with a potetial clinet, who asks for a workplace change. Students will build up interdisciplinary teams, and work on a studio-like project for developing the following themes:

  • Evaluation of localization in the city context
  • SWOT analysis of the existing space
  • Creation of concept and the related communication strategies
  • Reconfiguration of the spatial layout
  • Organization of proximities and walking paths in the space
  • Migration and change management.

ASSESSMENT

For class completion, participants need to attend the lectures and the guided tours, and take part in the exercises. Participants are asked to work in groups and collaborate in the studio project.

At the end of the course, each project will be presented in front of professors from Politecnico di Milano, from Cornell, and client representatives.

Program certificates will be issued after the students have completed all class sessions.

CREDITS

  • Politecnico students will gain CFU for workshop/internship;

  • Practitioners and registered researchers can gain training credits for the Milan Order of Architects and the Milan Order of Engineers;

  • All participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance.

ADMISSION (max. 40 participants)

Applicants will be selected based on their:

  • Short CV (list only the experiences that are coherent with the topic of the course);
  • Age (priority is given to younger applicants).

APPLICATION

KEY DATES

Applications

From Monday, March 4 to Sunday, May 5

Communication of acceptance (all applicants will be notified): Monday, May 6

Registration due to: Friday, May 10

COSTS (REGISTRATION FEE)

The registration fee must be paid within 5 working days after the communication of acceptance. Instructions will be provided to the accepted applicants by email.

Politecnico students

200,00

Other students

400,00

Researchers

550,00

Practitioners

700,00

FROM THE LAST EDITION

  • About us

  • “It was highly informative, giving me several perspectives of achieving quality workplace management.”

  • “The expectation about the amount of information learned was even surpassed, I did not expect to face also themes regarding interior design.”

  • “I’ve never enjoyed learning as much as I did over the past two weeks.”

  • “The organization was perfect and thought about different aspects: learning process, practical issues and related visits to workplaces.”

  • “I got a lot out of the program and the case study was the perfect way to apply what I learned right away.”

  • “It ended up developing my instantaneous problem assessment and solving skills on a professional level.”

  • Final survey

  • SSWM has been better than expected for 92% of participants in 2018

92%
  • SSWM is an innovative initiative for all of the participants in 2018

100%
  • Overall satisfaction with the SSWM experience is confirmed by all the participants in 2018

100%
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