Chris Alcock

Principal, Six Ideas by Dexus

Chris Alcock

Chris Alcock is a former architect who is entering his fifth decade of conceiving and implementing space for work, living and learning. In the 1980s he led the interiors team on Parliament House Canberra, in the 1990s he was Managing Director of BVN Architects, in the 2000s he was Managing Director of DEGW Asia Pacific and in the 2010s he founded Space Logic and subsequently Six Ideas which was acquired by Dexus in 2019.

In New Zealand his clients have included Auckland Council, Wellington City Council, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand Parliament, NIWA, Chorus, PFR, ESR, the University of Otago and Victoria University Wellington.

Rewind and reset to reinvent... creating real estate resilience

There have been significant advances in attitudes to and exemplars in corporate real estate in the past decade with flexibility, collaboration, user experience and well-being becoming “must have” requirements in corporate workplace briefs.

But the experience of the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns have confounded long held views about workplace. How will we use that experience to advantage? And how do we avoid reverting to pre-2020 thinking, where there was increasing influence of “picture book” decision-making that ignored much of what is important about using workplace to support organisational innovation, change and wellbeing.

As a seasoned veteran of the corporate real estate industry that has witnessed the birth and evolution of current workplace models, Chris Alcock will propose that we need now to go back to first principles in order to create truly resilient future workplace environments.

Key takeaways

  • The 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns have at once tangibly and compellingly demonstrated our “resilience” and accelerated the opportunities for workplace change
  • The opportunity now before us is to seize that experience and learn from it, redefining the purpose of “the office” and exploring the technology and mindsets that will drive the blended workplace
  • The risk is to seek the easy path and revert to 2019 workplace thinking and all that was wrong with that.

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