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Workplace Research

Workplace research providing new standards for the environmental performance of government buildings and approaches to the design of workplaces.

  • Research Overview

    In conjunction with university and government partners, this research has focused on the development of a new model for the workplace: highly flexible, shared and dispersed workplaces allowing people to undertake their work in locations closer to where they live.

    The Work Where I Live project builds upon research projects undertaken in partnership with the Victorian State Government, which provided new guidelines for the design of government workplaces and buildings, and the concept for a prototypical shared and dispersed government workplace called Hub Victoria.

    This work, compiled as a draft revision to the existing office accommodation guidelines, provided new standards for the environmental performance of government buildings and a new approach to the design of workplaces, one that responded to contemporary work practices and the need for increased mobility, collaboration and flexibility.

    The Work Where I Live project extended this work through the design and analysis of a shared workplace in two Victorian locations. RMIT University joined the Victorian State Government as potential users of these facilities and the employee locations and commuting methods of both organisations were examined to optimise locations for dispersed workplaces.

    Potential workpatterns, sharing dispersed and centralised workplaces, were developed through employee interviews to model the environmental and economic benefits in dispersed workplaces.

    From this research, two locations, Bundoora in Melbourne and Moe in the Latrobe valley were selected for the development of design models. Each workplace is a double storey facility combining a borad variety of work settings with larger, flexible spaces for events, presentations and small conferences.

  • People

    Research team

    • Simon Whibley
    • Graham Crist
    • Victoria Kearney
    • Steven Clune
    • Michael Gangemi
    • Antarctica
    • Victorian Government Department of Treasury and Finance
    • RMIT Design research Institute
    • RMIT Center for Design
    • Sustainability Victoria
    • Crowd Productions
    • Detour Design
  • Research outcomes


    • 2009 Victorian Government Office Accommodation Guidelines [2009] Draft Publication
    • 2009  Hub Victoria Dispersed workplace model for the Victorian State Government


    • 2011 Work Where I Live: Collaborative Research on the Flexible and Dispersed Workplace Symposium, Melbourne
    • 2009, 2010 Work Where I Live Project RMIT Design Research Institute Colloquium
  • Acknowledgements


    • Victorian Government Department of Treasury and Finance
    • RMIT Design Research Institute
    • Sustainability Victoria

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