Open Plan Change Support Project

The Open Plan Change Support Project began July 1, 2017 to support occupants moving into the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision and rhe Clinical Sciences Building. The efforts rolled out for these two buildings will also influence future moves.

Links to Building websites & FAQ

Past Events: February 2018

Two identical town halls occurred in February 2018. Both sessions were recorded and links are below. Download the presentation.


    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.


    Articles of Interest

    Bloomberg (5/1/18): Everyone Hate the Open Plan Office: It Doesn't Have to be that Way

    Fentress (4/20/17): Create an Open Office Plan that Works for Everyone

    Forbes (12/31/17): Is This the Future of Open Office Space?

    Fortune (5/12/16): The Open Office Concept is Dead

    HBR (10/2014): Balancing ‘We’ and ‘Me’: The best collaborative spaces also support solitude

    HBR (10/11/18): Staying Focused in a Noisy Open Office

    Knoll Workplace Research (2017): Unassigned Workspace Etiquette: Introducing Policies, Protocol and Politeness

    The New Yorker (1/7/14)The Open-Office Trap

    The New York Times (8/21/18): Simple Desk Improvements That Make an Open Office Easier to Bear

    Quartz at Work (7/1/18): Open-Plan offices have a surprising effect on workplace communication

    Rescue Time Blog (10/11/18): Simple changes to make your open plan office less distracting

    The Royal Society (7/2/18): The impact of the 'open' workspace on human collaboration Abstract

    Steelcase (4/2/19): New Work, New Rules

    Thom Baguley (2009): The Case for New Academic Workspaces

    Tradeline (3/16/16): Developing a Five-Year Strategic Plan for Accelerated Growth - Purdue Rapidly Expands College of Engineering to meet National Goals

    Tradeline (2/7/18): Changing the Way Carnegie Mellon Approaches Change Management

    Tradeline (7/11/18): Academic Medicine Adopts the "Workplace of the Future"

    UCSF Academic Senate (5/8/13): Faculty Concerns about Activity Based Workplace at Mission Hall

    Work Design Magazine (9/28/17): Moving Beyond Open Plan Spaces

    WSJ (5/9/17): Why You Can't Concentrate at Work

    WSJ (5/1/18): How Neuroscience is Optimizing the Office


    UCSF Article on Telecommuting

    Telecommuting Tips

    Telecommuting: how it works