NATIONAL REPORT—The COVID-19 pandemic has given architecture and design firms the opportunity to change the way they collaborate among team members, and to create new design elements that take into account the enhanced health and safety guidelines of the “new normal.”
Three of the executives that Hotel Business connected with—Keith Simmel, principal, Cooper Carry’s Hospitality Studio; Rick Gardner, principal and practice leader, HBG Design; and Tobias Strohe, partner, Johnson Nathan Strohe—pointed out that their staff moved from an office setting to working from home during the pandemic.
Strohe was impressed with the speed at which his staff was able to adapt to working at home. “Before stay-at-home orders were issued, we started working remotely and continue to do so for the time being,” he said. “We spend a lot more time on virtual conferencing platforms and continue to find ways to stay connected as a team. Physical travel to out-of-state project sites as well as in-person meetings have come to a halt, but we are still safely on-site as needed with nearby projects.”