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As the pandemic continues, architects and designers are beginning another week of working from home, in and out of web meetings, with the hope that the situation will soon improve.
2020/06/11 11:24
What we do is all about keeping humans in contact and the relationship-building that only happens when you’re face to face. I don’t think that’s going to change. I see my employees’ faces more than ever, right now. We are a resilient group and have weathered all kinds of economic things. I don’t believe this is going to topple the industry. It might enhance it. We are ingenious and inventive, and I believe we will get to experiment again and instigate new methods.
2020/06/11 11:24
In this world of social impact, the role I play as inspirational leader and support system is to say: We can continue to do this work full steam ahead, but what do you need to be doing right now for your community? Let’s not just force something because we want to maintain the normal. Because they have the opportunity to lead crisis management in a different way, I want to be supportive of them in being relevant to their communities. So I’m asking that question to our clients and collaborators, giving them permission to not have to work in the same way they’ve always worked. But with our architectural partners that also has to be a shared value, because they are also trying to maintain their businesses and their revenues. There’s a surreal mix of trying to maintain order, but being genuine and authentic about designing spaces that generate social impact.
2020/06/11 11:25
The first week [which involved] stabilizing this whole situation—the office, working from home—was about technology and the second week was about humanity, about the team: How do they feel, how are they holding on? I don’t know what’s going to happen the third week, but I predict, when things are a little more streamlined, it’s going to be about the opportunities, the things we can learn from all this. What are the new potential clients for us, where is the new frontier, what can we do to survive? It’s changing by the day as everybody is adapting to the situation. 
2020/06/11 11:25