Ken Ryan – The Future of the Office


October 29, 2020

Ken Ryan, Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning
Matt Horton, Director, The Milken Institute
Amber Schiada, Senior Director Research, West of JLL

The impacts of COVID-19 have been unprecedented and have already shifted much of society’s behaviors and expectations. Many argue that the current climate is just society’s new normal and one of these shifts is— what the future of the office will look like? Among many employers, a telecommuting option no longer became an option but a requirement in order to quickly safeguard employees from the potential spread of the virus. Now, with the new world of work how will the future of the office be reimagined?

Questions addressed:

The open space work concept

  • To stay or not to stay?

How has telecommuting impacted worker performance?

Are employers more inclined to have workers telecommute long after the pandemic?

What will the shifts in office space trend towards?

  • Higher walls?
  • Less shared space?
  • Less open space and collaborative areas?