100 Years of Office Trends

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A Window into the Future?

Since the development of modern office, companies have been trying to determine the optimal layout for efficiency, productivity and employee retention. Since there are only so many ways to arrange office furniture, it's no surprise that office trends cycle through the same theories again and again, from open plan to cubicles to flexible spaces and back again. 

This report will look at three major office space trends over the last hundred years, and the theories behind them. What they all have in common is the attempt to influence human behaviour and productivity through workplace layout. 


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100 Years of Office Trends

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Colin Scarlett

Executive Vice President | Personal Real Estate Corporation

Vancouver

Learn more at www.colinscarlett.com

For over 23 years, I’ve specialized in finding real estate solutions for business challenges, with a focus on technology and professional services firms. I use an exclusive methodology to truly understand my clients’ businesses and industries, giving them unique insights into their operations and positively impacting business drivers, including productivity, culture, engagement, retention/attraction, brand and operational efficiency. Not only that, I do it on the very best financial terms. 

By following this approach, I have provided business-driven real estate solutions to some of Metro Vancouver's largest companies, including:

- IWG (Spaces/Regus) - 600,000 SF (various projects)
- Technicolor/MPC - 200,000 SF (various global projects)
- Fortinet - 282,000 SF
- Royal Bank of Canada - 140,000 SF
- Global Relay Communications - 100,000 SF (various global projects)
- McCarthy Tetrault LLP - 82,000 SF
- University of British Columbia - 81,397 SF
- Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP - 67,369 SF
- Ernst & Young - 66,510 SF
- Immigrant Services Society - 54,620 SF
- Miller Thomson LLP - 48,000 SF
- Gowling WLG - 43,000 SF
- Microsoft - 37,096 SF
- Harper Grey LLP - 36,948 SF
- Relic Entertainment - 35,112 SF

I’ve traveled to 20 cities around the world to research the future of office space, and to study workplace design trends that increase employee engagement. I speak regularly at conferences about my findings, and contribute to reports and white papers. 

I am one of five people on Colliers' National Advisory Board which advises Colliers' Canadian CEO on key national business issues, am a regular faculty member at Colliers University in the Netherlands where I teach Colliers' leading professionals from around the world and have been awarded the Business In Vancouver Top Forty under 40 Award.

Specialties: Lease Renewal Negotiation
Office Relocation / Expansion
Office Sublease / Disposition
Corporate Strategy Development
Market Analysis
Financial Analysis
Lease vs. Own Analysis
Vancouver Office Space
Employee Satisfaction and Location Surveys
Technology / Tech Firms
Law Firms
Professional Services Firms

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