120 seconds with: Florian
With his extensive background in architecture and design, the Würzburg native joined spaciv to further develop and drive the combination of business performance and user-centered workplace environments. We would like to introduce you to: Florian.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I studied Architecture at the University of Stuttgart, the Technical University in Lisbon and the Technical University in Munich. After completing my studies, I began working at a large architectural firm based in Munich, where I explored various phases of the field. Starting off as an architectural designer, I also worked in planning and design strategy. For me, it was always important to have a holistic understanding of all aspects of the building industry. Through various stages, I discovered that working with companies and determining the best strategy for them to create thriving businesses and communities was what fascinated me the most, which is why I ultimately focused on design strategy.
What made you join spaciv?
As an architect focused on architectural and workplace strategy, I’m always eager to assist others in making informed decisions, discovering more productive ways of working, and ultimately helping companies and individuals save resources. However, I’m primarily a people-oriented person. My greatest motivation is empowering people to shape their surroundings and improve their well-being by creating opportunities to be involved in the process of shaping the place where they spend up to half of their day. For me, joining spaciv was the perfect opportunity to combine both my passion for business performance and user-centered work environments, I love win-win situations.
What would it be if you could change one thing about the industry?
I would certainly change the approach and pace at which companies address workplace issues. The phrase “we’ve always done it this way” concerns me. Being open to new and improved methods is something I greatly value. I believe we’ve reached a crucial point where even traditional industries must rethink the workplace.
From your perspective, what do you think is the most exciting development in the workplace industry right now?
Related to my wish for change: I think companies are beginning to understand the importance and complexity of the workspace, particularly over the past two years with the pandemic and the subsequent shift in work patterns and individual preferences. As a result, there is a noticeable shift away from only reviewing the workspace every five to ten years, to actively monitoring and evaluating the performance in near real-time. The implications and potential following this development can’t be overstated!