Planning an office layout is no longer about designing a space to accommodate cubicles and a few meetings rooms. The landscape of the workforce has changed, and with it, traditional work spaces must evolve to meet the current needs of the modern workplace. Today’s workplace design requires thoughtful planning to include collaborative spaces, multi-functional rooms, and ergonomic workstations, all while reflecting the company’s brand and culture.
Interior Design students from colleges and universities across Canada were invited to participate in the 2017 Staples Business AdvantageTM Corporate Workspace Design Scholarship. Students were given the opportunity to create a corporate space environment to showcase their learnings and provide their expertise of modern workplace design.
The contract furniture division of Staples Business Advantage Canada is proud to offer academic scholarships to three winners of this year’s Corporate Workspace Design Scholarship. Interior Design students from across the country participated and were judged on their ability to create and present a workspace design plan for the modern corporate environment. The design submissions were judged on a variety of criteria, including overall design concept, space planning solutions, finishes and material selection, presentation skills, and more.
“The task of designing a future space allows promising students to showcase their creativity and skills in creating a vision for reinventing the way we work,” said Sandra Vyse, National Director, Furniture, Staples Business Advantage. “We are very pleased to offer a scholarship to help students in their education towards creating exceptional design.”
The scholarship provides an opportunity for talented design students to re-imagine today’s workspace into a place where digitalization, telecommuting and need for collaborative space can all be combined. The project encourages and supports interior design students who have the potential to make a significant contribution in the design field.
“I always knew that interior design was about meeting the needs of the user, but it never became more apparent than with workplace design,” said Andrew Zarkovich, scholarship recipient from Fanshawe College. “The employees are the most important part of any business/organization, so their well-being should be placed in highest regard, followed by the function of the workplace; although the two can go hand-in-hand.”
“I was captivated by the ways in which the built environment had the power to foster more efficient methods of working and learning,” noted Jenny Campbell, scholarship winner from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “I learned how greatly a space can inspire collaboration and creativity as well as its impact on user wellbeing.”
The following students were chosen nationally and awarded a scholarship by a panel of interior designers from the furniture team at Staples Business Advantage Canada and several design firms:
- Jenny Campbell, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Andrew Zarkovich, Fanshawe College
- Alyson Hewus, Sheridan College
Staples Business Advantage Canada congratulates each of the scholarship recipients and all the hard work they put in to their projects. This was the 7th consecutive year for the Interior Design Scholarship program.