In many ways, associations, nonprofits, and like-minded organizations feel socioeconomic changes most acutely because they are so closely embedded in their local communities. These local ties inspire a greater sense of responsibility for the relationships with their community and for the well-being of their employees. Organizations will continue to leverage their real estate to further their mission, support their members, and encourage citizenship in the community.
Virtual programming leads to expanded opportunities, locally and globally.
Connecting to membership and the broader community, convening spaces cast a larger net, create equitable experiences, and foster a deeper connection through increased programming, events, and organizational awareness. A new perspective has evolved, centered around funding opportunities and outreach. This perspective also strengthens an organization’s mission, while fostering connection to its surrounding communities.
As the workplace becomes more diverse, wellness must be integrated into a variety of spaces.
The future of work involves people being more nomadic as they seek out diverse environments in which to work — quiet corners, meeting rooms, social hubs, and restorative outdoor experiences, which can encourage daily movement, and inspire and delight. This reflective period has led organizations to integrate health and wellness in all aspects of the workplace, and with more ardent conversations around resilience.
Data and metrics will drive real estate decisions.
There is a deepening need for data and metrics to understand what like-minded organizations are doing to better support their teams and communities in order to drive design decisions around workspace needs. Organizations continue to use real estate to embody the organization’s mission and serve its membership in new and innovative ways, establishing the office as a social hub with shared purpose and a connection to the mission.
Self reflection and recentering leads to higher relevance and purpose.
As advocates and leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, organizations lead with human experience and continue to quantify impact and increase focus on action by creating a range of DEI policy and design considerations leading to accountability, agency, and a fuller embodiment of their mission.
“This is a time to think about how our cities and communities can be places that celebrate diversity, support our residents, and lead with human experience.”
—Bevin Savage-Yamazaki, Foundations, Associations & Organizations Leader, Gensler
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Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
New York, New York
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Foundations, Associations & Organizations Leader
With a passion for all aspects of culture and the arts, Bevin leads Gensler’s Foundations, Associations, and Organizations practice and is located in the firm's New York...
Foundations, Associations & Organizations Leader, Studio Director
As a global leader of Gensler's Foundations, Associations and Organizations practice, Sean has designed large build-to-suits and headquarters for some of the most prominent...