The way we work is changing. The Workhome Project advocates design and policy norms that make this change work – for communities, cities and the environment.

Millions of people are now working from home in an unexpected global experiment triggered by Covid-19. Many employers and employees are finding this works for them. The benefits of this shift are potentially transformative.

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‘Back to normal? … Absolutely not!’, from: Bruno Latour, ‘What protectivemeasures can you think of so we don’t go back to the pre-crisis production model?’, March 2020 → read more

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Jeremy Porteus: HAPPI Working from Home? Designing ‘work-ready’ housing

In this blog post, Jeremy Porteus – a member of our team and Chief Executive of the Housing Learning Improvement Network – provides an outline of how ten years since the original HAPPI report, the ten ‘care ready’ HAPPI design principles can be recalibrated to incorporate ‘work ready’ adjustments to accommodate a growing number of people of all ages, but especially in later life, who want or will be working from home or may require live in care and support, such as personal assistant, now or in future, to meet their changing work patterns and lifestyles.

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Episode 2: Design for Home-based Work

Working from home has presented a number of physical and spatial challenges for many of us in our varying homes, households and neighbourhoods. In our latest episode we discuss the various ways that design can improve our ability to work from home and why it is important.

In this episode, the members of the workhome project present some of their own design ideas, spanning from the urban design scale down to the small individual performative interventions of the individual. The team then discuss how these ideas could be realised.

Presentations and discussion from Frances Hollis, Howard Davis, Richard Brown, Jeremy Porteus, Cany Ash and Joseph Kohlmaier.

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Wokhome Project News

Thamesmead Waterfront Joint Venture Competition Runner-up

29 April 2021

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The Workhome Project’s Frances Holliss is delighted to be part of Allies and Morrison’s shortlisted team in the exciting Thamesmead Waterfront Vision competition, with Jas Bhalla Architects, SLA, Ramboll and Montagu Evans. More information about the competition may be found here.

Workplaces after Covid

3 November 2020

Architecture Today Workplaces After Covid

On 28 October 2020, Frances Holliss spoke at an online seminar hosted by Schueco UK and Architecture Today which explored the latest thinking on a return to the office, the importance of design for work in the most significant new workplace – the home – as well recent examples of innovation in the commercial sector. The video is now available to watch online.

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Working from home is a luxury many renters in the UK can ill afford

19 August 2020


Home working during the coronavirus pandemic appears to be a success for those whose jobs can be done remotely and who have enough space at home. Surveys show that many of us are happier, healthier, less stressed, sleeping better, walking the dog instead of going to the gym, having lunch with our families – and not missing the commute at all. We are considerably more productive, too. It’s a win, win.

But this is not the whole story and the statistics are stark. In May 2020, mid-pandemic, most white-collar workers in the UK were safely working at home full-time. But this compares with only one in five manual workers, from bus driver to nurse, labourer to care worker, whose jobs cannot be carried out at home. Read Frances Holliss’s article in the Guardian on why Working from home is a luxury many renters in the UK can ill afford.

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News Radar

12 May 2021
The New York Times

There’s an Exodus From the ‘Star Cities,’ and I Have Good News and Bad News

New York and London have drawn significant attention in the last year, as the "Star Cities" whose business districts are laid waste with the exodus of white collar workers. However, the unaffordability and inaccessibility of these global metropolises had been forcing an exodus long before the pandemic. This article cites an academic paper, discussing the larger impact on labour migration and mobility in the US, as midsized urban and rural areas see growth, while big cities gain the potential to host young creatives and diverse populations, as rents and property prices readjust.

2 May 2021
The New York Times

‘We’re Suffering’: How Remote Work Is Killing Manhattan’s Storefronts

While most of us consider the impacts of the present pandemic on workplaces and homes, cities are facing another challenge in terms of small businesses and retail storefronts. Vibrant city streets supported by corner stores, bodegas and other small commerce, are reeling from the drastic reduction in footfall of commuters and tourists alike. This article considers the case of New York's commercial renters and landlords as they struggle to stay afloat.

1 May 2021
Places for People


The new Place Design Guide by Places for People acknowledges the great challenges posed by our rapidly changing built environment, specifically addressing climate change, resilience needs, technological transformations and policy contexts. A comprehensive guide for housing and community development with in-depth case studies.

29 April 2021
City A.M.

Deutsche Bank staff in the City set for three-day work from home week

The post-pandemic world might look a lot different and some of the changes we see unfold today are here to stay. As major corporations and firms seriously consider support for work-from-home scenarios, Deutsche Bank in London is set to institute a hybrid working model that will allow employees to work from home for upto three days a week.

27 April 2021
The New York Times

The City of London plans to convert empty offices into homes.

As city governments grapple with the decline of commuters, property values and tax revenues in major financial and employment districts across the globe, the City of London considers several alternative uses, including housing, to fill the void, and bring life back into its deserted streets.


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