Interdisciplinarity and interculturalism are important keywords for innovation in workplace management To meet these needs, the Real Estate Center (REC) of the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (ABC) of the Polytechnic University of Milan has created the “Summer School on Workplace Management – SSWM“.
Professor Andrea Ciaramella, Director of REC, and Architect Chiara Tagliaro, post-doctoral student at the Polytechnic University of Milan, launched the course in 2018, in collaboration with Professor Ying Hua from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York).
The integration of different disciplines is achieved thanks to the involvement of numerous lecturers, who offer their knowledge and tutorship within a synergistic strategy.
Among the international guests, this year we expect: Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek, from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), competent in corporate real estate management; Annette Kämpf-Dern, professor at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and specialist in workplace strategies; Eleanor Ratcliffe, lecturer at the University of Surrey in environmental psychology; Lukas Windlinger, who teaches facility management and human-centered design at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).
The course covers a triple objective:
to superimpose different disciplines in a coherent reasoning around the workplace;
to manage in an integrated manner the stages of planning, implementation and use of the workplace;
to prefigure the future evolution of the workplace and its potential impacts on the scale of the individual, the organization and the society
The originality of this training proposal attracts participants from all over the world, with very diverse profiles. The first edition of the Summer School welcomed 15 participants, including students of master’s degree courses, doctoral students and researchers, but also professionals outside the academic field. The course featured 4 different continents, for a total of 9 nationalities (Mexican, Norwegian, Canadian, Thai, Ghanaian, Nigerian, Iranian, Hungarian and Italian), and several disciplines including management of built environment, architectural design, construction management, facility management, psychology, ergonomics and civil engineering-architecture.