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Office reinstatement has been on a rise recently due to companies and businesses downsizing and settling in a serviced office or co-working space. In our company, we have been receiving constant inquiries for office reinstatement and furniture disposal. Some are also requesting to package a design and build contract with the reinstatement of their old premises to minimize cost. Others are turning to rental office furniture for more flexibility. To address these inquiries, I have written this blog to help tenants and businesses to deal with office reinstatement and furniture disposal issues.

Before taking over the office unit

  1. Ask for the original construction / as-built plans from the facilities or building management and make a copy for safekeeping. It will come in handy come reinstatement time.
  2. Take actual photos of the unit during the site handover and keep these copies for filing. You may also ask your appointed design and build contractor to take as many reference photos and provide you with a copy for your reference.
  3. Talk to your property agent and building management to highlight future reinstatement concerns, if possible can keep this documented.
  4. Discuss the office design and layout with your design and build contractor with reinstatement in mind.
  5. Minimize construction elements that will increase reinstatement cost. Like ceiling finishes, fire protection system, airconditioning, and lighting layout.
  6. Maintain the office properly, the tenant may be able to convince the landlord to take over the current fit-out if space is well maintained, clean and nicely designed.

As an Architect and Designer, we often put a copyright notice in our plans to prevent others from using our creative ideas without our consent. But is this enough to serve its purpose? After all, copyright on plans is very difficult to prove in court given its complexity.

The Office Designer Copyright Article

Has there been any significant disruption in the Architecture and Interior Design practice since the invention and mass implementation of CAD or Computer Aided Design?

In my career spanning almost 30 years, I have experienced the First Disruption. The evolution of manual drafting, airbrushed perspectives and on the spot pencil sketches to full CAD drawing and Photorealistic 3D renders and animated walkthroughs. The experience of a rapidly changing technological environment has made me wanting for more innovation to happen in the future.

The Office Designer Architectural Disruption