Space matters. In this episode, Architect Donald Rattner shares the research on how to design your space to enhance your creativity. Donald shares several simple changes you can make. Then, he examines Amy’s office and provides advice on how she can make her space more conducive to creativity. Then, Amy implements those changes and reveals the new office layout.

What You’ll Learn

  • The three A’s of designing a creative space
  • How our brain’s perception of our space impacts our creativity
  • What prospect refuge theory is and how to use it to your advantage
  • Learn about the new “resimercial” design craze for workplaces



About Donald Rattner

Headshot of Donald M Rattner, ArchitectDonald M. Rattner is the author of “My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation” and principal of Donald M. Rattner, Architect. As a consultant he draws on scientific research to help individuals and organizations maximize occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality and retail environments. Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s publications include “The Creativity Catalog,” “Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture,” entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels. He has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, Parsons School of Design, and online. Workshop and lecture venues include NeoCon, Metrocon, Creative Problem Solving InstituteCreative Mornings, and many others. His work has been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, Work Design Magazine, Builder, L-Magazine, and Better Humans. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University.

Weekly Challenge

Assess your space. Keep a log of when/where  you are doing your best work and when/where are you doing your least successful work. Then, what changes might you make to help you be more creative?

Share your experiences in the comments below. I’d love to hear about them!



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