In early 2016 Progressive Arts Alliance (PAA) requested a Workflow Analysis and Needs Assessment to help determined a more defined trajectory for expansion of their physical space. The shift in staff from contract artist educators to employee artist educators allowed PAA to focus on larger, more intricate and more in-depth projects with their educational partners. Drawing on our experience working with various institutions and commercial businesses AO utilized a series of surveys, interviews and best practice research to determine a framework for spaces desired as well as strategies to maximize efficiency of spatial footprint and workflow / workplace interaction. Company Culture, mentoring, and informal learning was studied as well as existing and desired physical workspace needs. Using the Quinn’s Model (Competing Values Framework) and personal goals of staff a proposed schematic layout was determined and preliminary high/low budgets were created for potential fit out of new space. As part of our research we visited similar office/studios with the client to identify aesthetic and operational values. Our findings were then compared to industry work place best practices as well as individual inputs from the client teams. By defining the workspaces not only as how they would function individually but also how we could utilize the same area for multiple tasks depending on the desired need and time of use a set of “design options” were created which would allow PAA to maximize the efficiency of the floorplate and minimize fit-out construction costs without affecting task efficiency.
User Meetings were held with the client utilizing a series of layouts, diagrams and imagery of example workspaces. These sessions proved invaluable in allowing the teams to revisit and clarify their own needs as well as to question assumptions about space, use, and desirability. We had determined through the various meetings that some spaces were more valuable to some of the teams than others. The User Meetings and studies of relationships of various workspaces allowed for the evolution of flexible solutions which reinforced needs of privacy while also allowing for team collaboration and supporting informal learning.
The final report provided not only a record of needs, but also goals from which PAA can create strategies for expansion while maintaining their existing identity and strengthening their workflow. We look forward to what Progressive Arts Alliance aims to do in the future and look forward to working with them as they grow.
(Both Adam and Dru were contract artists with Progressive Arts Alliance prior to forming Architecture Office).
- Progressive Arts Alliance
- April, 2016