Arup at Work

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | The Catalyst Loft: 701 Pike St, Suite 2125 Seattle, WA 98101

Catalyst Workplace Activation Presents: Future of Work


An international engineering firm with a deep belief in integrated design, Arup, had outgrown its office in Seattle after only three years. Building on the workplace strategy developed in partnership with, NBBJ, and leveraging the opportunity that comes with a new space, Arup, decided to leverage their next home to reinforce what matters to them:

  • Global knowledge delivered locally
  • Great people, great culture
  • Create the best places using the most innovative sustainable solutions

Combining workplace strategy, a meaningful design concept, and the application of the WELL standard, NBBJ, and Arup, created a new space that will demonstrate the culture of the organization and their commitment to the work. Join us for a conversation about how all the elements of the workplace – culture, strategy, design, and well-being – can create a compelling experience for an international design firm.


Kelly Griffin, NBBJ

Kelly Griffin leads NBBJ’s Workplace Strategy team. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Kelly’s in-depth research into workplace culture and organization, and their impact on performance gives her unique insight into how best to align design solutions with an organization’s business drivers and goals. She has led the creation of workplaces for clients including Amgen, Boeing, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google and Russell Investments.

Katheryn Morgan, NBBJ

With more than 13 years of experience as a design architect and project manager, Katheryn has earned a reputation as a high performer, working with global, Seattle-based organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Starbucks and the University of Washington, as well as retail clients such as Chase and Cole Haan.

Jay Oleson, Arup

Jay is an Associate Principal at Arup's Seattle office. An experienced electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience, he has worked on a broad array of project types and successfully delivered those projects under a variety of delivery methods. Jay has worked with institutional clients to maximize the capacities of their existing infrastructure and found innovative ways to resolve project challenges. His work emphasizes reducing energy consumption and its associated impacts as he works with project teams to push for less invasive and more cost-effective solutions. Jay has led the expansion of Arup's new office move to Second and Seneca.

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