Creatif Talks: Nigel Oseland

Important Notice: Due to heat warnings in place in London, this event is not taking place on 19th July - it will be postponed to a date in August to be confirmed imminently.

Following the success of our Creatif Talks seminar back in May, we’re delighted to announce that our next event will be taking place on Tuesday 19th July as we welcome Nigel Oseland to our London-showroom to discuss his book “Beyond the Workplace Zoo”.

The discussion will be followed by drinks and networking, along with our professional Scalextric track which is back due to popular demand!


Date: Tuesday 19th July 2022
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Creatif, 79 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5AR

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Talk Summary

Dr Nigel Oseland is an environmental psychologist, workplace strategist, change manager, researcher, international speaker, lecturer and published author. He is also co-founder of Workplace Trends conference and Workplace Unlimited.

The synopsis for his book, published in 2021, can be read below;

“Beyond the Workplace Zoo offers high-level pragmatic guidance on office design that meets basic human needs, drawing on the fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology and zoology. As an environmental psychologist, Dr Oseland takes an evidence-based and human-centric approach to workplace design, resulting in workplaces that enhance wellbeing and performance thus enabling the occupants to thrive rather than simply survive.

The book begins by outlining the common design mistakes with the modern office and the industry focus on cost that has resulted in the ill-fated workplace zoo. The requirements of office-based workers according to psychological theory and research are then explained. Dr Oseland references early psychophysics to determine the environmental conditions required to enhance performance by supporting basic physiological needs. More contemporary research in environmental psychology highlights how personality and other personal factors affect our requirements. This in turn informs individual requirements for the workplace as well as group needs. The impact of studies in evolutionary psychology and biophilia are also considered.

The latter part of the book turns to workplace solutions, it focuses on how to plan, design and manage offices to accommodate human needs now and in the future. The importance of designing for inclusivity is also recognised, including designing spaces for neurodiversity. Dr Oseland’s proposed workplace solution The Landscaped Office is a revived and revised version of Bürolandschaft with a contemporary twist. The impact of workplace trends, such as agile and hybrid working, complement the workplace solution, resulting in the Agile Landscaped Office.

This book is key reading for professionals, and post-graduate students, in business, interior design, architecture, surveying, facilities management, building services engineering, HR and organisational or environmental psychology.”

Compete on our Scalextric track

At our Clerkenwell showroom during the last week of May, we held the “Creatif Scalextric Championship” which saw hundreds of competitors over 3 days battle it out for the fastest lap time on our unforgiving using our professional electronic timer.

We’re excited to be bringing the track out once again for added entertainment following Nigel’s insightful presentation. Test your racing skills against other attendees for the chance to be crowned champion.

Take a look at our track in the video below:

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