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The Changing Workplace

November 8, 2023 at 6:00 p.m., EST
Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, 5th Floor 

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation and networking with industry leaders that is focused on the impact of recent trends and technology innovations on workplace design. The event, which will feature professionals with decades of experience in architecture, construction and design, as well as product design and user experience, will address how the post-pandemic workplace has changed for knowledge workers due to the combination of remote work and flexible work schedules, and how these major societal transformations may affect the design of work environments in both office buildings and home offices. The discussion will also look at the changing nature of work and the potential boost in productivity made possible by technologies, such as mobile, BYO tech, cloud, and AI.




  • Christiaan Hiemstra

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    Global Head of Design + Workplace Design Strategy at Bloomberg
    Trained as an architect and with over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture, Christiaan is specialized in the design of corporate offices and leads the global Workplace Design and Strategy group at Bloomberg LP. With a keen interest in aesthetics, psychology, physics, systems, and processes, he manages a global team of architects, designers and strategists who create, adapt, and evolve the physical environment at Bloomberg for its employees, visitors, and elite client base. Previously, he was based in London, UK, where he managed the Bloomberg EMEA and APAC regions for 4 years. Before joining Bloomberg, he designed a handful of central London commercial office buildings and healthcare facilities. He earned a BSc in Architecture and Building Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (in 2005) and a MSc in Architecture from the London Metropolitan University (in 2012).
  • Ash Brown

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    Global Head of User Experience, Bloomberg
    Ash started working in financial software soon after moving to New York after completing her Masters in Psycholinguistics from the University of Edinburgh in 2005. The depth of the industry captured her as did the challenges faced in designing for professional systems that constantly change due to innovation and regulation. She's been at Bloomberg for 8 years, first as an Interaction Designer in trading systems, then a Design Leader. Prior to Bloomberg she was part of a two-person design team at Murex in Paris. She earned a BSc in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University with a concentration in Natural Language Processing in 2003 and a MSc in Psycholinguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 2005.
  • Faculty Moderator, Enrico Forti

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    Gabriel Hauge Assistant Professor of Strategy, O’Malley School of Business, Manhattan College
    Enrico's research program lies at the intersection of strategy and organization theory. He uses econometrics and computational methods to study strategy formulation and team design in industries that are migrating toward project-based production as well as platforms characterized by gig and remote work. His work has been published in leading academic journals, such as Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and Research Policy. He has performed research and taught MBA, Executive MBA, MSc, and undergraduate courses at leading business schools in the US, UK, EU, and China, including Columbia Business School, the UCL School of Management at University College London, the University of Bologna, and Peking University. Before joining Manhattan College, he was a full-time faculty member in the Strategy & Entrepreneurship group at University College London, UCL School of Management and served as Chazen Visiting Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Business School.

Doors to the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, Room 5B, will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this event, please contact:

Enrico Forti

Thank you and hope to see you soon!