With William Fawcett, CAR Activity-Space Simulation
Data collection and analytics about the workplace do not provide a sufficient basis for forecasting the consequences of management change. Simulation modelling is the key to exploring future workplace scenarios. Simulation can also investigate conventional assumptions about the workplace, such as the apparently self-evident assumption that moving to workstation-sharing is incompatible with workstation territoriality. Simulation modelling shows this is wrong: a high success rate in meeting individual preferences is achieved even when workstations are shared.
William Fawcett is an architect and a co-founder of the consultancy Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. CAR projects include a new approach to life-cycle evaluation based on real options (New Generation Whole-life Costing, 2006), design guidance (Design for Inherent Security, 1995), and design briefing. He held the Chadwick Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge (2005-10), researching mathematical models for investigating building use (Activity-Space Research, 2016). He leads the CAR initiative Activity-Space Simulation, launched in 2017.