IDEO in Architecture

November 27, 2007

We were talking about how to change the culture of the office… I think what we might also be talking about is how to change the culture of the industry… the nature of design in an Architectural office. Tom made an interesting comment about how it would be nice if we operated more like IDEO. I think that’s brilliant and in keeping with the notions and ideas I’ve been having related to how the use of BIM tools can change the process.

What I know of IDEO that I think would work well in an Architectural office…

  • Teams made up of people with widely varied skills and passions… the Ten Faces of Innovation approach.
  • Meetings that include all members of the team… always.

Too short? Probably but that’s all I got right now.

One thing that I think could make this work is to gather the team in a room around a common table and to use this atmosphere to encourage and produce collaboration. Private, focused work could take place in workstations placed in niches throughout the office. No body would have a desk… at least not in the traditional sense of the word.