Amsterdam gears up for Workspace Design Show next week

The Workspace Design Show, an event dedicated to the future of workspaces, is taking place for the first time in less than a week from Wednesday 11 October to Thursday 12 October 2023, at the RAI Amsterdam. The event already has a successful London show. This two-day event promises to bring together industry leaders, experts, and innovators to explore the latest trends, insights, and strategies in workplace design and management. Here is a deep dive into the agenda that will be explored in detail at the conference stages next week. All of the panel discussions are free-to-attend; register here for a complimentary visitor pass.

With these additions, the Workspace Design Show offers a comprehensive agenda that innovative strategies shaping the future of workspaces. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from industry leaders and experts.



Occupiers Forum:

The Occupiers Forum will kick off the event on Wednesday 11 October, featuring a series of panel discussions that will delve into crucial aspects of workspace design.

10:00 – 10:45 – Workspaces to Inspire Creativity & Innovation

  • CHAIR: Ramon Beijen, Creative Director at CBRE
  • PANELLISTS: Thom van Hoefen (Ernst & Young), Arne van’t Spijker (Just Eat, Lewis Barker (ServiceNow), Tom Lawrence (Dept Agency)

11:15 – 12:00 – Employee Wellbeing & Hybrid Transformation

  • CHAIR: Pieter van der Laan, Partner and Workplace Strategist at YNNO
  • PANELLISTS: Shanna Bosmans (Microsoft Netherlands), Wesley Bosma (OCS+)

12:30 – 13:15 – The Importance of User Journeys

  • CHAIR: Hans Reineke, Founder at Hollandse Nieuwe
  • PANELLISTS: Daaf Serne (Miro), Suzanne Kwakkernaat (De Brauw), Ammarai van der Linde (Vandebron)

13:45 – 14:30 – Transformation of FM in light of War4Talent

  • CHAIR: Wouter Ommeslag, Chief Operations Officer from Mosaic World
  • PANELLISTS: Nathalie Cloet (Beckton Dickinson), Martine Roeges (Randstad Group)

15:00 – 15:45 – How a Cross-Functional Approach Led to a Progressive Hybrid Work Strategy at Rabobank

  • PANELLISTS: Jan Nieuweboer (Rabobank), Arjan de Roos (Rabobank)

16:15 – 17:00 – Finding Balance Between Individual Choice and Organizational Effectiveness in Hybrid Work Environments

  • CHAIR: Juriaan van Meel, Chairman, Center for People & Buildings
  • PANELLISTS: Paul Pegels (Department for Interior Affairs), Jacqueline Schlangen (Center for People & Buildings), Paul van Rijn (Netherlands Enterprise Agency)

Thursday 12 October will continue to explore innovative workspace design concepts and strategies:

10:00 – 10:45 – Designing a Workplace to Facilitate Social Interaction

  • CHAIR: Casper Schwarz, CEO at Casper Schwarz Architects
  • PANELLISTS: Roderick de Greef (Lucidchart), Josephine Meltzer (Norton Rose Fulbright), Dafna Harel-Sasson (Palo Alto Networks)

11:15 – 12:00 – Engaging Employees in the Brand DNA

  • CHAIR: Ruud Belmans, Creative Director at WeWantMore
  • PANELLISTS: Tihana Rapic (Campari), Graham Carter (Samsonite)

12:30 – 13:15 – The Role of FM in the Workplace

  • CHAIR: Wouter Ommeslag, Chief Operations Officer at Mosaic World
  • PANELLISTS: Ann Troch (UCB), Johnny Trioen (Meliopus), Kris Brans (INGKA)

13:45 – 14:30 – Optimizing Real Estate Usage and Enhancing Employee Experience

  • CHAIR: Mauro Brigham, Creative Director at NCBHAM & President at AINB
  • PANELLISTS: Xavier Perrin (Philips), Veronika Acsai-Varga (Splunk), Jan Heyvaert (AG Insurance)

14:50 – 15:35 – Using Data to Improve the Employee Experience

  • CHAIR: Vitalija Danivska, Board Member, EuroFM
  • PANELLISTS: Lizette Engelen (Ericsson), Peter Mostien (ING Bank)

15:55 – 16:40 – Developing & Implementing Change

  • CHAIR: Alexa Lightner, Consultant, Lightner Insights
  • PANELLISTS: Patricia Garcia (, Jasper Hendriks (, Sebastien Moeller (

Workspace Design Talks:

In addition to the Occupiers Forum, the Workspace Design Show will feature a lineup of insightful talks on Wednesday 11 October:

09:45 – 10:30 – The Magnetic Workplace: How to Turn the Office into a Place that Workers Want to Go To

  • CHAIR: Robert Thiemann, Founder & Director, Frame Publishers
  • PANELLISTS: Rick Rijkse (Fokkema & Partners), Daniel Jongtien (Benthem Crouwel Architects), Arne Lijbers (Mecanoo)

10:55 – 11:40 – Designing for Workplace Wellbeing

  • CHAIR: Eva Vroom, Freelance Editor at PI Online
  • PANELLISTS: Maarten van Bremen (Group A Architects), Ron Bakker (PLP Architecture), Femke Feenstra (Gortemaker Algra Feenstra Architects)

12:05 – 12:50 – From Waste to Wonder: Unlocking the Potential of Circular Workplace Design

  • CHAIR: Ramon van de Kerkhof, Co-owner, Workbrands
  • PANELLISTS: Ayca Dogan (CBRE), Thomas van Leeuwen (D/DOCK), Renata Gilio (KAAN Architecten)

13:15 – 14:00 – Building Social Capital: The Importance of Human Connection, Serendipity, and Hospitality in the Built Environment

  • CHAIR: Gerda Stelpstra, Partner, Total Workplace EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield
  • PANELLISTS: Anne van ‘t Hoog (Creative Valley), Justin Timmer (Systems Innovation Network Amsterdam Hub), Cees van der Spek (EDGE)

14:25 – 15:10 – Building a Community

  • CHAIR: Jeroen Junte, Editor in Chief, DesignDigger
  • PANELLISTS: Marnix Mali (, Michiel Hofman (HofmanDujardin), Arjan Dingste (UNStudio)

15:35 – 16:20 – The Power of Diversity

  • CHAIR: David O’Coimin, Workplace Inclusivity Consultant
  • PANELLISTS: Raquel Machado (M Moser Associates), Aidan O’Sullivan (Personio), Daaf Serne (Miro)

16:45 – 17:30 – A Future for the Past: How Architects are Approaching the Refurbishing of Existing Buildings for Workplaces

  • CHAIR: Stephan Petermann, Founder, MANN Office
  • PANELLISTS: Caro van de Venne (NUDUS), Eric van Noord (de Architekten Cie), Daniel Prado (AECOM)

Thursday 12 October:

09:45 – 10:30 – Designing the Future Workspace Experience

  • CHAIR: Sarah Bolas, Director at HCG
  • PANELLISTS: Niels Kramer (Tétris), Pallavi Dean (Roar), Albert Takashi Richters (Powerhouse Company)

10:55 – 11:40 – What Workplaces Can Learn from Hospitality & Residential Designs

  • CHAIR: Mark Timo, Founder, De Interieur Club
  • PANELLISTS: Nuria Ripoll Apirisi (Colliers), Roberto Mariani (ACPV Architects), Bart Canini (Creneau International)

12:05 – 12:50 – Urban Renaissance: Embracing Coworking/Coliving in the 15-Minute City

  • CHAIR: Kofi Oppong, Founder of Urban MBA
  • PANELLISTS: Tankut Mulayimsi (Co-Founder.Work), Loubna Messaoudi (BIWOC* Rising), Maarten Jamin (BS;BP Design Collective), Jeannine van der Linden (De Kamer), Thom Wernke (StartDock Coworking)

13:15 – 14:00 – Activity Based Workplaces

  • CHAIR: Gertrude van den Brink, Co-host, De Interieur Club
  • PANELLISTS: Katrien van Dijk (Arup), Dennis de Wolf (Turner & Townsend), Bjorn Bleumink (BDP), Mattijs Kaak (Ditt Officemakers)

14:25 – 15:10 – Lighting Design: Wellbeing vs Sustainability

  • PANELLISTS: Carlijn Timmermans (C.Light.Wise), Siegrid Siderius (SiSi Lighting Design), Linda Salamoun (Deerns)

15:35 – 16:20 – Drawn to Draw a Workspace

  • CHAIR: Thierry Somers, Editor-in-Chief NOOK (BNI & AINB)
  • PANELLISTS: Chantal Vos (Kraaijvanger Architects), Marleen Valstar (Heyligers Architects), Sanne Schenk (TANK)