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4/27/14

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Stephen Apking Quoted in WSJ Article on Workplace Design

Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters. Photo Ezra Stoller © Esto

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Designers and architects have pondered how to design an office to encourage productivity for more than 100 years. In the early 20th century, offices resembled factories. Starting in the 1960s layouts changed to foster teamwork. And by the beginning of the 21st century, office design sought to inspire creativity. ‘Under each fad, there were ideas ahead of their time,’ says Stephen Apking, an interior design partner at the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Many ideas from the 20th century have been improved and incorporated into 21st century design, Mr. Apking adds.

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