custom-made workplaces where people feel so comfortable that they no longer want to go home? A dream when you spend at least a third of their day in the office. A selection of projects for this AIT issue on the subject of Office and Administration shows the results when you are employer, user, client and planning architect in personal union. The two architectural offices in Barcelona (p. 144, p. 150) are less than 70 square metres in area, but make up for this with a wealth of sophisticated spatial solutions. In a former locomotive shed in Mannheim (p. 166), Jarcke Architects set up inspiring workplaces, and we had the opportunity to see for ourselves the design and feel-good qualities of the interiors of Studio Komo and Scope Architects (p. 146, top picture) in Stuttgart at their opening celebrations in July and September. But when did the notion develop that you should actually feel comfortable at your workplace? On page 156, cultural historian Hajo Eickhoff explains how closely the well-being of employees is linked to the history of the office. October is an important month for young interior designers and architects: anyone who has decided to study architecture or interior design is awaiting the introductory course for the first semester. We are very much looking forward to all committed young colleagues and are again supporting the entry into university with our AIT Welcome Package! Many of the students who signed up for our first semester campaign a few years ago were awarded their bachelor’s degree at the end of this summer semester. Since we still remember the exhausting and demanding final stretch before graduating, we would like to reward all architecture and interior design graduates with a surprise gift! Whether you are a freshman, bachelor or master graduate, simply mail the corresponding certificate and your postal address (for sending gifts!) to pstephan@ait-online – you are welcome to pass that on! In any case, we wish you a brilliant start to your studies and your career!
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.