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With experience in both office interiors and product design, Ken Baker understands the inside and out of the architecture and design field. Ken has been a Gensler Principal for 20-years and is currently serving as a member of the Gensler Management Committee.

As a Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s Southeast Region and past Co-Managing Principal of Gensler’s U.K., Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Gulf Regions, Ken is considered a global expert on workplace design and planning, particularly for law firms. He has designed over 10 million square feet of corporate headquarters and offices for law firms and financial institutions, and is one of Gensler’s major Global Account holders, managing relationships with clients such as Sidley Austin, LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; JP Morgan Chase, and Barclays Capital worldwide.

Ken is also a leader in Gensler’s furniture and product development practice and frequently speaks about the power of design at industry events around the world. A fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Building Museum, Ken is passionate about producing design solutions that optimize trends that align with clients core objectives.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:
  • How design thinking makes the world better and thinking creatively about our environment makes a better environment for people to live, work, and play in
  • How changing technologies have impacted design and the way buildings are laid out
  • Using design thinking to create efficiency by diminishing wasted space and unnecessary employees which saves a lot of money
  • The Gensler process for designing the best space that gets customized for every client
  • Putting people at the center of the design so they have a positive experience when using the space
  • Focus, socialization, collaboration, and education: the four modes of work every design has to incorporate
  • Morphable design: designing a space that can adapt over time as needs change without significant cost
  • Things to look out for when designing (or redesigning) a space
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A transcript of this episode is available here: http://systemexecution.com/design-thinking/

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