Sunday, 25 March 2012

Understanding behaviour is central to managing sustainable buildings

Director Joanna Eley spoke at the 2012 Ecobuild conference in London on Occupant's behaviour and their ability to make the most of buildings' sustainable design capabilities on a panel which focused on ‘Buildings in use.’  Speaking to an audience of architects, engineers, surveyors and others with interest in sustainability and the built environment, this presentation focused on ensuring that users behaviour is understood and included in the management of sustainable places. Joanna commented that awareness raising - bottom-up - approaches are very important, but that as people are very varied in their perception some situations call for top-down action.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Examining the link between learning outcomes and building design.

AMA's report to the Scottish Funding Council 'Matching post-16 investment to education outcomes' has been published.  This report summarises key findings within the body of research linking buildings and estates to educational outcomes, drawn from studies covering schools, colleges and universities. The report also recommends a set of key questions that Colleges and Universities should ask when developing their estate investment and maintenance plans.

To read the full report, click here.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Gates Foundation Headquarters featured in The New York Times

The New York Times featured an article titled 'In New Office Designs, Room to Roam and to Think' on 17/18 March 2012 about the new headquarters for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. AMA served as the workplace consultants for this exciting project. Martha Choe from the Gates Foundation is really pleased about AMA's contribution to the campus, noting 'the incredible way the workspace serves our work.' Referring to this article, AMA director Alexi Marmot commented that 'the takeaway message is the power of workplace to express changing ways of work and organisation - while saving on overheads, promoting employee satisfaction and productivity.'
Learn more about the project here.

© Tim Hursley 2013