The workplace is changing — and not just where people work but how and when. Changing employee preferences and attitudes combined with new health and safety expectations are causing organizations to rethink their office space design and homeowners to take a second look at their home office. Quartz surfaces, most often specified for the kitchen and bathroom, also have wide-ranging applications for workspaces thanks to superior hygienic and performance properties. This course will explore workplace changes; where people are working now and why; how architects can position themselves to reshape the workplace; and the role of quartz surfaces in improving consumer health, safety, and comfort.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how the workplace is changing, driven in part by pandemic-related shifts in the economy.
  • Identify why more people are working from alternative locations and what consumers are looking for in different workspaces, such as the home office, kitchen, outdoors, or on the road.
  • Analyze changing employee expectations for workplace design and how architects can help make workplaces healthier and safer, including specifying antimicrobial materials like quartz.
  • Examine where to use quartz surfaces in both residential and commercial offices to provide a sanitary, durable, and inspiring workspace.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of quartz applications.