(Top to bottom) Elsley, by Burwell Architects, image © Ben Blossom ; Jonathan Tuckey Design Architectural Studio, by Jonathan Tuckey Design, image © James Brittain; Poplar Works, by Adams & Sutherland, image © Anthony Coleman; 160 Old Street, by Orms, image © Timothy Soar; Tailoring Academy, by Jan Kattein Architects, image © Jan Kattein Architects


We are please to showcase ZZA’s registered mark, UX:CAMPUS. Reflecting our significant evaluation and strategy work in campus environments – academic and commercial, UX:CAMPUS expands ZZA’s suite of marks to denote our bespoke approaches and methodologies.

Paradigm shifts post Covid

Covid poses opportunities and live empirical challenges as we segueway into post pandemic life, with the inevitable transformations in living, working, learning and commuting that are set to shape enduring hybrid modalities as we go forward. ZZA’s fully confident that offices will remain relevant, cued for realignment to less prescriptive, more accommodating locations, scales and designs. As Expert Assessor of NLA’s recent Working Awards, we are struck by the notable extent to which smaller and more porous office propositions featured in the submissions – showcased on this page. And we’re delighted to contribute further to this timely reassessment by sharing our user research perspectives in Oliver Wainwright’s incisive questioning of which typologies will stick @ollywainwright @zionastrelitz

Swings + welcome roundabouts

So everyone’s zoomed out! But in parallel with missing the collegiate fizz of in-person meetings and events, there’s the enormous plus of access across the miles, now so normalised, facilitating the productivity boost of international meetings at the click of a mouse, and without last century’s costs of expensive tele- technologies and equipment. As well as the helpful bridgeheads in family, social and work lives, and delivery of services, every young person has experienced its impact in education. And some of this will stick too. Lecturing in China on a Tuesday and Cambridge on the Thursday was a highly unlikely schedule a year ago. Having done just this in recent weeks, Ziona is convinced by its efficiency, as well as its sustainability for planet and person in place of the capsule in the sky.

Workplace and education design: overlapping aims

ZZA works actively in the university sector, carrying out briefing research and post occupancy evaluation on campus environments and individual buildings. Much of this involves the beneficial stock of new accommodation that academic institutions have delivered in recent years. Now – with the disruption to student travel, associated drop in university budgets, the increase in online teaching, and decrease in physical presence – the hot questions relate to next steps for higher education estates development. Drawing on her deep knowledge of both the commercial and academic sectors, and their shared objectives, Ziona sets out her view in her newly published Knowledge Exchange and Social Connection.

Plumtree Court (top and fourth), by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Adamson Associates, Gensler, Perkins & Will, Adjaye Associates, AL_A, Citterio-Viel, UNStudio, image © David Churchill; York House, by dMFK Architects, image © Jack Hobhouse; x+why, People’s Mission Hall, by Squire & Partner, image © Squire & Partner; International House Brixton, by Assemble, image © Assemble; Brunel Building, by Fletcher Priest, image © Jack Hobhouse