Designing for the Future: How COVID-19 Could Change Offices for Good

More than they ever have before, Americans are working from home to follow CDC recommendations about social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The situation is forcing employees and employers to adapt to a kind of new normal. “Connecting with clients and connecting with my team has been different,” says David Euscher, vice president and interior design studio leader at Corgan. “We’re in a very collaborative field and I find that communication is much more scheduled and intentional than when you’re in a studio space together.” Corgan, a global architecture and design firm founded in Texas more than 80 years ago, works with clients internationally to create places “where people thrive and clients succeed.” Projects span a range of categories from offices to healthcare to airports. The company touts clarity, singularity, locality, responsibility and empathy as its design principles. Empathy is something Euscher, who’s based in the firm’s Houston office, says he’s grateful to see more of as American cope with a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. “People are reaching out to one another on a personal level. Checking in on others, just asking, ‘Are you doing OK?” he says. “Everyone’s going through the same thing at the same time and that shared struggle is bringing people together.” Click to read more at