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Case Study: Sumitomo

The Business Not every modern business can trace its history back to the 16th century, but Sumitomo Metal Mining origins date back to Kyoto circa 1590, and Soga Riemon’s techniques of copper smithing and smelting. After Sumitomo adapted to the introduction of Western technology in…

A Look at Tenant Talks: “Navigating Disruption in the Legal Space”

Aura’s most recent edition of Tenant Talks on March 12 centered around the importance of navigating and adapting to contemporary developments in workplace design for the legal industry. With the topic at hand, the conversations and Q&As involving our panel of experts had a deep…

The Wired Certification: A Magnet for Tech Talent

Real estate investment firm CBRE released a recent study citing Vancouver as the #1 market for high-tech job growth over the last two years. It’s a good sign for the tech sector, but it’s also the catalyst for a few important questions concerning the centrality…

Space Efficiency and the Modern Law Office

Few workplaces are more deeply tied to the idea of traditional office layout than the legal firm. Law offices have typically stuck to a philosophy that’s lasted over a century: no matter how many people appear in the firm’s name, lawyers are individuals with cordoned-off,…

Developing a Workplace Strategy: The Hackathon

Getting a vision for your business is just the beginning: if you really want to get the most out of your workplace’s unique qualities, from plan implementations to employee relationships, you need a workplace strategy. A well-planned, finely-honed strategy can be the kind of blueprint…

What Is Activity-Based Working?

Open concept or private office design? The great debate between these concepts persists with their respective benefits and drawbacks. In the past few years, open concept workplaces have become popular among tech companies for their ability to foster collaboration and creativity. However, the noise and…

Case Study: G&F Denman

The Business Founded as Gulf and Fraser Fishermen’s Credit Union in 1940, G&F Financial Group developed over the next 80 years as a major credit union centered in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. As a full-service credit union, they offer everything from basic checking and savings…

Walls: A Divisive Subject

Walls are both integral and easy to take for granted. Every office needs at least four of them — at least if you plan to keep it indoors — but after that, where do you go from there? Like many of the other elements of…

Team Spotlight: Serena

As one of Aura’s talented interior designers, Serena works with clients to understand their workspace needs, comes up with creative solutions to design challenges, and delivers an engaging and aesthetic space that their team will enjoy coming to every day.

The Psychology of Colour in Office Design

Introduction Everywhere you look, our world is absolutely brimming with colours. More than just an exciting phenomenon of the senses, colours serve as an important source of information for our brains. For example, our brains know that an apple is healthy and safe if it’s…

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