Two of the biggest risks you face as an architect or space planner are:
- overlooking a key problem in your design or
- investing too much space or budget for one of the client’s goals, leading to less satisfactory solutions to other goals.
These are often two sides of the same coin: while experience counts for a lot it cannot always compensate for a lack of data about how the client is actually using the current space. A small investment in sensors to continually monitor desk usage, hallway traffic, and meeting room and break room occupancy can yield a wealth of hard data to base your design decisions on. This data allows the team to move past dueling hypotheses and get on the same page about real needs based on current usage patterns, which in turn makes the design and development process more efficient and allows the team to craft better solutions for the client’s needs within their space and budget constraints.