Open Plan Change Support Project

This page is being developed to provide information on the Open Plan Change Support Project which began July 1, 2017. This project will support occupants moving into the Clinical Sciences Building and the Vision Neuroscience Center and Academic Tower on Block 33. The work being done will also support future Open Plan projects such as ZSFG, Mission Hall, and others.  Tools and resources are being developed and will be posted as soon as they are complete.

February 2018 Events

Two identical town halls occurred in February. Both sessions were recorded and links are below. Download the presentation.

Links to FAQ

More content to be provided soon!

Note that Open Plan design as implemented at UCSF includes private offices, work stations, focus rooms, huddle rooms, break rooms and various sized conference rooms. This allows occupants to move about the space as needed, depending on the type of work they are performing that day.

A Change Agent town hall was held in January 2017. Download the deck here.

Join the Change Agent Chatter Group via MyAccess.

Articles of interest

HBR: Staying Focused in a Noisy Open Office

The Royal Society: The impact of the 'open' workspace on human collaboration Abstract (July 2, 2018)

Quartz at Work: Open-Plan offices have a surprising effect on workplace communication (July 1, 2018)

Tradeline: Academic Medicine Adopts the "Workplace of the Future"

WSJ: How Neuroscience is Optimizing the Office (May 1, 2018)

Bloomberg: Everyone Hate the Open Plan Office: It Doesn't Have to be that Way (May 1, 2018)

Tradeline: Changing the Way Carnegie Mellon Approaches Change Management

Fortune: The Open Office Concept is Dead

Fentress: Create an Open Office Plan that Works for Everyone

WSJ: Why You Can't Concentrate at Work

Tradeline: Developing a Five-Year Strategic Plan for Accelerated Growth - Purdue Rapidly Expands College of Engineering to meet National Goals (March 16, 2016)

UCSF Academic Senate: Faculty Concerns about Activity Based Workplace at Mission Hall

Thom Baguley: The Case for New Academic Workspaces

New York TimesHow the Hum of a Coffee Shop can Boost Creativity: Pulling up a seat at your favorite coffee shop may be an efficient way to write a paper or finish a work project. Now a new website lets you bring the coffee shop to your cubicle.

The New YorkerThe Open-Office Trap