DESIGN DOES MATTER, in the workplace and all living spaces. New research and case studies quantify the benefits of a well-designed workplace, many of which have positive financial impact. Competitive markets demand an understanding of the data behind the power of workplace design. It can mean the difference between attracting and retaining the best employees or losing that talent to your competition. In the “Design Leveraged” Research Survey (IIDA, 2016), 63% of respondents are satisfied with the ease of interaction with co-workers, a correlation to the power of open plan design concepts. Increasingly, evidence is mounting toward the combination of health science and building science to increase human wellness (WELL) in interior space. All the elements of the interior, designed for maximum productivity and comfort include the ceilings, flows, walls, furniture, plumbing, lighting, window shading and HVAC create the environment. Smart workspace design requires the examination of the details of how you work or play, and the tangential space where it happens, leading to big changes in productivity, innovation and happiness.