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Randy Howder
As a Design Strategist with Gensler in San Francisco, Randy helps major companies and institutions in the Bay Area and around the world achieve their goals through new approaches to space, user experience, and service delivery. With a professional background in management consulting, architecture, and interior design, Randy believes in design as a powerful tool for progressive change.

Entries by Randy Howder

Going off Script: The Office of the Future Is All About the Experience

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:55 PM

After several boom years in the tech sector, we've grown accustomed to seeing the next big thing in workplace design. From the now-quaint time of foosball tables, firemen's poles, and bouncy castles to the recent era of onsite, Michelin-starred chefs and certified masseuses, to the current wave of Starchitecture (Norman...

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A Fork Worth Taking

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:22 PM

"If you hit a fork in the road, take it" is one of the late Yogi Berra's greatest lines, and, for me, it really captures the dilemma -- and the opportunity -- facing the Bay Area as we move deeper into the 21st Century. As our legions of tech entrepreneurs...

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Designing for the Metropolitan Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 7:12 PM

Across the U.S., mayors, educators, philanthropists, business and community leaders and others who govern the nation's cities and metropolitan areas are taking on the big issues that the federal government won't, or can't, solve. They are reshaping our economy and living at the vanguard of public policy work, foreshadowing a...

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San Francisco's Chance for a Great Urban Transformation

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:05 PM

Looking out my window near the corner of Hawthorne and Folsom these days reminds me of my first visit to Shanghai a decade ago, when it seemed like the buildings under construction across the street from my hotel grew a few floors taller each night. Here, it's the transformation of...

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Why Passing on the Remote Is Good for Yahoo!

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:04 PM

With the hullabaloo surrounding Yahoo's leaked memo summoning all remote workers back to the office, it's clear that the subject of mobility, as we design professionals call it, has touched a modern workplace nerve. We all like to think that we can work anywhere at any time. Tablets, smart phones,...

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How the Debt Ceiling Aftermath Threatens the Bay Area's Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 4:05 PM

With the current austerity craze dominating the debate in Washington, it's important to prepare ourselves for what significantly less Federal spending might mean to us here in the Bay Area. Never mind that during the debt ceiling dithering, nobody explained to the American public that the debt ceiling itself only...

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Bubble or Babylon? The Bay Area Tech Boom

(20) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 1:51 PM

While the rest of the country seems to be stuck in hiring neutral, visitors to the Silicon Valley could be forgiven for thinking they'd stepped back to 1999. Here, it seems, the long lines are not at the unemployment office, but at the free gourmet company cafeteria.

As commuters...

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