The Covid-19 pandemic brought along unprecedented challenges for companies in every industry. Leaders rose to the occasion to protect the health and safety of their staff, find solutions that would sustain productivity, and ensure their organization’s survival through very uncertain times. As vaccines roll out all...

A non-profit organization operating in the tourism industry engaged with Aura to evaluate and reconstruct its downtown Vancouver office space that didn’t accurately reflect the company’s role or purpose.  Upon visiting the clients’ office, we discovered a very traditional design home to cubicles, many private offices,...

Introduction  The scale of impact that COVID-19 has brought to the world relates similarly to the 2008 financial crisis and 9/11- devastating events that reshaped societies around the world in lasting ways. We know that this global pandemic will forever change the way people think, work,...

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 the...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...