This design research project is set in the context of a ‘wellbeing deficit’ in the UK workplace that has caused a loss of productivity through sickness and stress. This wellbeing deficit is part of a worldwide trend, leading to unprecedented interest by organisations in ways to improve wellbeing, satisfaction and engagement of employees.


The study was led jointly by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA) with Gensler, the global architectural practice, thus combining the academic knowledge and practice-based skills of the RCA’s largest centre for design research with Gensler’s expertise in workplace consulting and design.