MPA Offers Perspective on Multigenerational Workforce and its Impact on Workplace Design

Joe Flynn photo credit:  Bruce Rogovin

Joe Flynn / photo by Bruce Rogovin

Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) has published a whitepaper on the expanding multigenerational workforce in the U.S. and its growing impact on workplace design. MPA’s Joe Flynn, CFM, LEED AP, a senior associate with the firm, conducted original client and industry research and authored a whitepaper on the subject, which is available on MPA’s website at

The whitepaper offers an overview and assessment of the expanding multigenerational workforce and the broad social and demographic trends it triggers in the workplace today and in the future. The research highlights critical factors impacting the design of today’s work environments, including:

  • Traits of four generations in the workforce, ranging from World War II to Millennials.
  • Office design trends and challenges, especially the shift to the open plan office and the desire for collaborative and social workspaces.
  • Technology innovations and the shift to mobile work.

With such divergently different demographics in the workplace, Flynn delves into the challenge of creating a dynamic, highly efficient work environment for generational diversity. He discusses the issues of designing for flexibility, embracing company culture, and planning for technology and mobility. He concludes that the workplace of the future must be agile enough to support a technologically sophisticated demographic, while providing an environment nurturing the professional growth of a younger generation.

Joe Flynn, an immediate past president of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Boston chapter, is a workplace strategist with more than 20 years of experience designing corporate office environments.


The whitepaper  is available on MPA’s web site at