Jeremy Myerson

Jeremy Myerson

Jeremy Myerson began his professional life as a journalist on The Stage newspaper before going on to edit a number of art and design titles including Design (published by the Design Council), Creative Review, V&A Magazine and World Architecture. From 1986-89, he was founding editor of Design Week, the world's first weekly news magazine for designers and their clients.  

In 1999, following a decade running his own research and editorial consultancy Design Intermedia, he set up the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design with Roger Coleman – and he subsequently played a lead role at the RCA in establishing the InnovationRCA network for business and the Design London joint venture with Imperial College London uniting design, engineering and business. 

Jeremy Myerson is the author of 18 books and has curated many national design exhibitions including Doing A Dyson at the Design Museum and Rewind: 40 years for Design and Advertising at the V&A.  

His research explores the areas of inclusive design, workplace design and healthcare design in an interdisciplinary way. He was Principal Investigator on the DOME (Designing Out Medical Error) project in partnership with Imperial College London, and on the i~design3 study in partnership with the Engineering Design Centre at Cambridge University looking at ways to help designers work more closely with users. Both projects were funded by the EPSRC. 

In January 2012 he joined the AHRC-funded knowledge exchange hub, The Creative Exchange, as Co-Investigator in partnership with Lancaster and Newcastle Universities. In autumn 2013 he began a lead role in setting up the new HELIX (Healthcare Innovation Exchange) Centre, Europe’s first design-led innovation centre inside a working hospital, as a joint venture between RCA and Imperial College.   

Jeremy Myerson holds arts degrees from the University of Hull and the Royal College of Art.

Radical Office Design

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A gorgeously illustrated worldwide survey of innovative workplace architecture that enhances the performance and well-being of today's professionals.

Traditional office work, characterized by repetitive clerical tasks, is rapidly giving way to “knowledge work,” characterized by the creative application and exchange of information. In response, architects around the world are leaving aside the old cubicle grid to design imaginative, high-tech offices that foster knowledge work and, at the same time, help workers balance the competing demands of colleagues, customers, and family. The forty-three exceptional workplaces profiled in this timely volume have all been completed within the last six years and serve a wide variety of organizations, both private and public, small and large. Examples range from the headquarters of an advertising firm where one enormous table seats all two hundred employees, facilitating communication, to a BMW plant where the factory production line runs through and above the administrative offices, unifying the corporate community.

The authors skillfully distinguish the primary trends in contemporary office design by dividing their engagingly written case studies among four chapters, each dedicated to a particular type of workplace. “Academies” encourage the sharing of knowledge within a corporate structure; “Guilds” allow the members of a profession to interact as peers; “Agoras” bring the workplace closer to the marketplace and to civic life; and “Lodges” combine the home and the office. Two hundred extraordinary color photographs and fifty architectural drawings show how the featured architects have configured public areas, meeting rooms, and private work spaces to meet the needs of today’s increasingly versatile and mobile workers.

The inclusion of an informative introduction, which outlines the economic and technological factors driving the rapid evolution of contemporary workplace architecture, further ensures that this attractive book will be an essential reference for everybody who has a hand in designing offices, and a thought-provoking read for everybody who works in one.

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