Meeting room design - help required please

18-May-2016 02:44 AM PT

Rachael @Warwick

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We are transitioning some of our meeting space and are interested in any research fellow IACC members considered when changing their meeting space and public areas. There are many corporate examples of innovative office space but is this what buyers want when buying venue space? I am not sure I could provide a slide from one floor to another to emulate Google's office space. What happens to maximizing optimum numbers in these environments and how have others maximized income whilst innovating to the highest level? Interested to her IACC members thoughts please...

02-Jun-2016 11:45 AM PT

Bregan Ford

Posts: 4

Hi Rachael!

I come from the marketing world so I hope my opinion is still valuable.

I would try to promote flexibility and would assume that an ability to adapt a space is what's most important to prospective clients.

The book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, addresses the total backlash that's resulted from the popular "open space" office plans of the early 2000s (that are still ubiquitous).

Ensuring introverts and shy attendees get the full value of an event is definitely a hot topic so I'm sure there's a lot of information available online. For seating specifically, this is often about smaller seating groups.

I also think it would be interesting to explore how the concept of the daily scrum stand up meeting (popular in the technology developer world) might work in certain conference or convention environments.

There's also emerging evidence surrounding the value of active learning (think bicycle desks in schools).

Obviously, a conference center can't invest in a large variety of seating, etc.. But, things like incorporating smaller tables into the inventory and expanding the seating, etc. vendor list could definitely be addressed. After that, it would be about photographing the space in set ups that address the trends.

16-Aug-2016 02:48 PM PT

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09-Sep-2016 02:05 PM PT

Eric Bracht

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We are very involved in researching meeting and event space trends around the topics of technology and acoustics.  

Interior designers can often create spaces that are visually stunning, but challenging to hearing and understanding.  Since we (IACC members) are in the business of providing places where people can communicate a message, this can often become a challenge for the technology in the room as well as the people.  Since no amount of technology can fix a bad room it is important to get the room right.  This means ensuring that there is a balance between hard and soft surfaces that either reflect or absorb sound.  It also means ensuring the spaces are free of noises coming in from adjacent service areas, hallways or the meeting room next door.  

With a good room you are then free to add a variety of technology, appropriate for the use of the room.  Our research here supports the IACC recommendation of built-in basic presentation and sound systems.  Meeting planners have grown very tired of beautiful rooms getting filled up with portable equipment and cables taped down all over the floor.  

I would be happy to see if we can provide any suggestions or recommendations specific to what you may be planning if you wish.  You are welcome to email me at to contact us for additional information.  


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