Catching Up with Corgan’s Lindsay Wilson on the Evolving Workplace

Courtesy Corgan Lindsay Wilson, an integral part of Dallas-based architecture and interiors firm Corgan since 2008, has witnessed the transformative journey of the American workplace over her 20-year career. From being a mere functional space,...

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Lindsay Wilson, an integral part of Dallas-based architecture and interiors firm Corgan since 2008, has witnessed the transformative journey of the American workplace over her 20-year career. From being a mere functional space, the office has now become a tangible representation of a company's brand and culture. Wilson sat down with Metropolis’s editor-in-chief Avinash Rajagopal to discuss the evolution of the workplace and her insights from NeoCon.

A New Era of Office Design

The workplace has undergone a significant shift in perception, no longer viewed as a necessary evil but rather as a platform for storytelling. Wilson highlights the increasing exposure to design and the influence of brands like Apple and Starbucks on shaping people's expectations. These changes have led to a higher demand for well-designed, thoughtful work environments that reflect an organization's values.

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The Continued Debates in Workplace Design

While the open-plan debate dominated discussions in the early 2000s, new issues have taken center stage. Wilson emphasizes two key interconnected aspects that clients now consider: the need to reevaluate traditional metrics like square feet per person and the development of agile policies and technology integration. As organizations strive to strike a balance between mobility, culture, and technology, they face the challenge of aligning these elements with long-established corporate practices.

The Impact of Changing Culture on Interior Design

Wilson's involvement in product development has provided her with valuable insights into the effect of culture and data on interior design. Acoustic products have become increasingly relevant in the context of open office spaces, dispelling the notion that poor acoustical design is solely to blame for distractions. Additionally, the rapid pace of technological advancements necessitates adaptable products that can keep up with evolving needs.

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Unforgettable Experiences at NeoCon

As NeoCon celebrates its 50th anniversary, Wilson fondly reflects on her first experience attending the event. The overwhelming atmosphere and bustling halls are testaments to the passion she and many others share for interior design. It is a sensory delight that leaves a lasting impression on anyone fortunate enough to attend.

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