As an ambitious member of the Business Development team, Par's goals include forging strategic partnerships and nurturing relationships with executives who are looking to invest in their corporate culture through workplace design strategies. Prior to joining Aura, what was your education/career history like? I graduated from UBC...

Vancouver-based BERMANFALK has been providing furnishings to the hospitality industry throughout the world since 2007. In that span of time -- relatively short in memory, but a long stretch for a growing business -- BERMANFALK grew rapidly, with their design-first approach earning their seating and...

Tenant Talks is a complimentary event series featuring expert insights driving Vancouver’s modern workplace. VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – October 15, 2019 – Aura Office Environments (“Aura”) proudly hosted its first-ever Tenant Talks Lunch & Learn at Spaces in Gastown on Wednesday, October 9th.  Themed around Remote...

Highlights

Law office design can help you attract and retain talent by:
  • Reduce space strategically to increase collaboration and socialization
  • Create Third Spaces to facilitate casual interaction, collaborative meetings, and relationship building
  • Increase natural light and air quality improve workplace wellbeing and productivity
  • Design your office to have a low environmental impact to align with employee expectations
  • Use colour psychology to strategically enhance employee positivity
  • Consider biophilic office designs that incorporate more greenery into the firm

As important as it is to cultivate a healthy and appealing workplace for your employees, it's also important to take note of how frequent remote work is becoming. Whether it's working from home or being on-call at a coffee shop, this generation of employees is...

The thermostat can be a topic of heated debate in some workplaces. People are surprisingly passionate about the temperature of their office environment. Well, it turns out there may be more to these debates than what meets the eye. Research suggests there’s a relationship between temperature and employee well-being and productivity. Psychologists from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University conducted a study wherein participants performed cognitively demanding tasks in rooms of different temperatures. They found that warm discomfort (i.e. being too hot) negatively affected participants’ sense of well-being whereas moderate discomfort of any kind (i.e. either too hot or cold) made it more challenging for participants to complete tasks. Evidently, it is important that office temperature is taken into consideration to ensure employee well-being and productivity are optimal. However, this may be easier said than done. Closed-concept office environments have an advantage as each individual can adjust the thermostat according to their own preferences. It can get more complicated for open-concept offices where everyone is subject to the same temperature, despite individual preferences. So, what can employers do to improve temperature conditions in their office environments for the betterment of their employees? Here are some ideas for those looking to cool down the thermostat debate once and for all.  

Tenant Talks is a complimentary event series featuring expert insights on office design and workplace culture best practices for companies located in Vancouver. VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – September 4, 2019 -- Aura Office Environments (“Aura”) is pleased to announce the launch of its very first Tenant...

Whether or not your work culture operates on an all-or-nothing binary of grinding and slacking, the idea of using relaxation techniques to improve the workplace might feel like a surprising, even revolutionary shift. But it's not that complicated: even when some employees claim to work...

Summer has long been a key time of year to catch up on your wellness, whether you want to look your best on the beach or you just want to have the energy and stamina to have fun in the great outdoors. But for workers...

Office design is crucial to the success of every business. You want a workplace that matches with your employee base. If you have a millennial workplace, which most companies do today, you need to adapt. What is the blueprint for the millennial workplace? How can you be sure you meet their needs? You need to connect with each employee, figure out what they value, and it begins with knowing the make-up of your workforce.