Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes when and where you least expect it. For almost ten years we’ve been fostering creativity and research through the Innovation Incubator program. The call-for-entries program, run twice a year, allows anyone in the firm to apply for a micro-grant of time and expenses in order to focus on a research question. The projects are diverse and not always architecturally focused. The produced deliverables vary as well – white papers, videos, tool kits, and prototype devices are just some of the work products.
Last year, the Innovation Incubator Committee sought to celebrate the innovation occurring within the firm by piloting an internal set of events further encouraging creativity and research. The mini festival repeated for five days this summer as we flexed our collective brains during the second annual Innovation Week. Through a series of firm-wide activities and presentations, staff all over the world were able to step outside their normal project work for a little while and learn, hypothesize, and engage over themes critical to our firm and our world.