The stereotypical office environment featuring clusters of offices and cubicles for individual workstations is a concept that has been around for decades. It may be a great strategy for companies whose employees work alone most of the day, with individual assignments that can be completed without collaborating with coworkers. In the architectural industry, we thrive on collaboration and prefer to think outside the cubicle.
At JL Architects, we work in a studio. Our workstations are in the same room, we have no partitions, and we are constantly bouncing ideas off one another. Not only does this collaboration help our projects develop, but it creates an environment of teamwork. We share tasks and responsibilities as needed, become familiar with multiple projects, and become more well-rounded as designers and problem solvers.
When time is short and a deadline is approaching, our software allows us to practice teamwork quite literally. AutoCAD allows multiple people to work on the same project through sheet sets and x-references. Revit allows work-sharing from temporary files on our computers which then sync with a central file on our server, doing away with the ever-so-popular, “This file is read-only. Would you like to open it anyway?” dialog box.
Whether we’re working on codes research, an ADA survey, or a full drawing set, the studio environment at JL Architects allows us to work together to get the project done and become a better team. Would thinking outside the cubicle work for your organization?