Workplace design trailblazer joins Maber Architects

A leading figure in designing work spaces for productivity and wellbeing, Dan Pilling, has been appointed Head of Workplace at Maber Architects.

Dan was the winner of a 2015 competition jointly run by the facilities management group BIFM and HR institute CIPD to discover new concepts in workplace design. In May, he presented his idea for a wiki – an open, information hub, where professionals from architecture to HR would share knowledge – at the Think FM conference.

He joins maber with a mission to help clients make the most of their workplaces so that people work together comfortably and efficiently. Part of his role is to integrate ideas about how the design and layout of interiors affect performance into all aspects of the practice’s work.

The goal is to extend maber’s offer to clients beyond architecture and conventional interior design for new buildings to a holistic approach, including consultancy, to maximise productivity and wellbeing in new and existing buildings.

With a roaming brief, Dan will work with clients, designers and technologists at maber’s offices in London, Leicester, Nottingham and Derby.

He said:

“We are providing an evidence-based approach where commercial buildings are designed from the inside out with empathy for the people who will work in them.

“This translates into wellbeing and productivity, things that can be measured, creating a bridge between the design world and commercial property developers, owners and occupiers. It is light years away from the fluffy image of interior design that many people have.”

Mark Hobson, maber’s managing director, commented:

“In a world of hot-desking, home-working and fluid teams, work places are changing dramatically. Dan’s expertise in this emerging field enhances our offer to clients and adds real value to the way we approach projects.”

Originally from London, Dan graduated from Kingston University in furniture product design and worked for big brands including Juggernaut, Vivienne Westwood and Mean Fiddler, as a furniture designer maker.

Discovering he had more interest in the places that furniture inhabited than in designing and making it, he went on to work for retail and bar design companies, including a company specialising in sales environments for housebuilders.

Building on his background in interior design, for the past six years, he has specialised in workplace strategy and design, providing consultancy to clients including Public Health England, EDF Energy, National Grid and Severn Trent Water.

He moved to Leicestershire ten years ago and lives in Mountsorrel with his wife, Lesley, and two boys. In his spare time, he enjoys graphic design and tweets on the subject of workplace design as @poste-office.

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