New ways of working
As London begins its recovery from the pandemic, AHMM staff are now adjusting to routines that combine a return to the office with some continued working from home. Meanwhile Allford is gearing up for a period of change, combining architectural practice with a two-year term as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The architect believes that the new, more flexible models of working will only serve to strengthen the creative culture in office buildings like White Collar Factory.
‘Years ago, in a famous furniture shop, I saw this sign that said, work is not a place you go, it is a thing you do,’ he said. ‘You could say the pandemic reinforced that idea, but I fundamentally disagree. I think work is a place you go to do things. That idea of leaving your home, coming into a different kind of environment and meeting with people is the culture of creativity. It's absolutely vital.’