Educational Session

Workplace Cafes: Design that Elevates the Break Room

Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 9:45 - 10:45am

Workplace cafes designed by the world’s leading architects and interior designers are becoming an integral feature of today’s workplace. In this session, we’ll look at some of the most innovative and appealing new designs, including fixtures, lighting, equipment, seating and other elements that make the workplace cafe more than just a break room.



Todd Heiser
Consumer Goods Practice Area Leader, Principal, Gensler

Named Contract Magazine’s 2016 Designer of the Year and Interior Design Magazine’s 2015 HiP Leader for Workplace, Todd Heiser offers one of the most unique perspectives in the industry backed by one of the most diverse portfolios. His design work includes themed-entertainment, hospitality and commercial interior environments. Current and past clients include Kohler, Google, Nickelodeon, Le Meridien hotels, as well as Procter & Gamble, Capital One Digital Labs, and Motorola Mobility. Todd utilizes his impressive architectural background and interior design experience to promote in-depth integration of spatial design and planning, materials and detailing. As a Firmwide and Regional Consumer Goods Practice Leader in Gensler’s Washington, D.C. office, Todd is engaged in the design of next-generation creative workplaces and co-working environments. Todd and his work have been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Interior Design Magazine. He holds a Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Interior Design degrees and received the Henry Adams Medal from the AIA.


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