Bill Bouchey (HOK): Neurodiversity and Surviving the WFH Hangover

Bill Bouchey (HOK): Neurodiversity and Surviving the WFH Hangover

Bill Bouchey shares the design strategies and thinking behind HOK’s latest research: Designing a Neurodiverse Workplace.  We also learn his point of view on a new purpose for the once-bustling office. Through our conversation, he unveils his uncommon work habits and the creative ways he organizes the information in his life.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

“The work from home hangover”

Organizing your work life 

The purpose of the office today

Designing for a neurodiverse workforce

Quotes from Bill Bouchey: 

I think the future of the world can look incredibly dispersed and more mixed-use than anyone is thinking.

The research has shown that 1 in 8 people are considered neurodiverse, but less than half of that population is aware of it.

What are the emotional experiences that we became accustomed to and relied upon in our own homes that we now have to rethink and replan as we re-enter society?

Bill Bouchey's "Smackdown board" discussed in this episode: 

In this episode, Bill references his "Smackdown Board" where he collects thoughts and bits of inspiration throughout his workweek. We asked him to share some images of his home office and give us a peek at what is on the board.

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About Bill Bouchey: 

Bill Bouchey leads interiors client and team relationships in HOK’s Los Angeles studio. He has more than 25 years of experience as a thought leader in workplace, showroom and retail environments, with an emphasis on innovation and brand presence.

Bill guides clients collaboratively in creating a sense of place and a commitment to concept-based design excellence. His design sense is driven by the belief that interior design empowers people and transforms organizations.

His work has won numerous honors and earned extensive coverage within the design media. He serves on the editorial advisory board of Contract Magazine and is a frequent editorial contributor and guest speaker on design. He is a member of the IIDA’s College of Fellows.


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