March 21st Luncheon - Washington State Chapter

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PT



 Data Meets Neuroscience:

Key Tools to Design Buildings of the Future


Tuesday, March 21st

11:30am - 1:00pm


11:30am - Noon - Networking

Noon - 1:00pm - Program


Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101


Members: $35 (until 3/14/17, $45 after)

Non-members: $70 (until 3/14/17, $80 after)



Since the Industrial Revolution, workplace design has seemingly gone in circles. First emphasizing open and then closed work plans in the 20th century, to preferring open and then more private offices already in the 21st. So how do we know what we’re designing for employees and employers actually works?


Today, data-based technologies that provide insights into employee behavior and preferences are being combined with neuroscience research that explains human evolution to think about workplace design in radically new ways. For example, we now know that office noise about 55 decibels cause stress levels to soar which has a detrimental effect on productivity and concentration. We also know that a person’s problem-solving ability can spike by up to 50% after they are exposed to nature for a 72 hour period. 


So what does all this mean for the future of workplace design, and will it help us to finally put the tiresome “open vs. closed office” debate to rest? Join NBBJ architect Ryan Mullenix, molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, and Urban Visions CEO Greg Smith to discuss the power of data and scientific research in the creation of new offices and developments, with the ultimate goal of encouraging a happier, healthier and more productive workforce. 



Meet the Speakers



Founder & CEO, Urban Visions

Greg Smith oversees the strategy, direction, and value creation for the firm’s portfolio.  A fifth-generation Seattleite, Greg has almost 40 years of industry experience and has formed more than 30 ventures with value in excess of $2 Billion.  Notable past projects include Millennium Tower, 4th & Madison, 5th & Madison, 901 5th Avenue, and the Reedo Building.  Greg’s most recently completed development, 200 Occidental, is a 215,000 GSF office building preleased to timber giant Weyerhaeuser, and now serves as the firm’s world headquarters.



Partner, NBBJ

Ryan Mullenix is a partner at NBBJ and a co-lead of the firm’s corporate practice. In his role, Ryan is a strong advocate for data-driven design, a process that uses custom algorithms to link geometry with data to augment both human and building performance. Ryan has led the design of numerous award-winning projects both nationally and internationally. His work and expertise have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, San Jose Mercury News, Newsweek, Quartz, Bloomberg News, BBC, CNBC and National Public Radio.


Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington School of Medicine
John J. Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five." Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two boys.


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