Future of Office Space Summit: 22 March 2023
Strategy, technology and innovation for office landlords, flexible workspace operators and tenants
Driving growth through design, innovation, and technology for the office market
Before COVID-19, Australia’s domestic office space market was in the midst of a decade-long period of expansion. Capital values and rental growth reached unprecedented levels. The medium-term outlook for the market was strong, but as for many industries, COVID-19 served as a circuit breaker.
Covid-19 accelerated many of the long-term structural trends that the office sector was already experiencing and subsequently, the impact on occupier demand and floorspace requirements as hybrid workplace models became more accepted and prevalent. But as we move on from the constraints of Covid, there are still many unknowns and plenty of questions about the market’s future outlook, and the utilisation of office space moving forward
Back for its 3rd year, The Future of Office Space Summit will again bring together the brightest minds in the industry to explore all the big questions, analyse the data, hear about the latest solutions and find the partners they need to deliver the most attractive workspace options to tenants.
Crown Towers, Sydney, Australia
Physical & Virtual Attendance
22 March 2023
Partner, Real Estate Advisory
CHARLES REED ANDERSON
Chief Strategy Officer
Capital Transactions Analyst
The GPT Group
Head of Research and Strategy
Investa Property Group
Associate Director, Global Workplace Strategy & Enterprise Services, JCAP
Head of Customer & Digital, Investment Management
Lendlease Asset Management
Head of Tenant Representation-Australia
Fund Manager and Head of Office Partnerships
Customer & Market Engagement – Office
Fund Manager – AREIT
Cromwell Property Group
National Manager – ESG, Property
Australian Unity Wealth
Head of Sustainability & Social Impact
Head of Customer and Client Solutions
Head of ESG
Head of Office & Fund Manager
Centuria Office REIT
Partner & National Head of Tenant Representation – Office
National Policy Manager–Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs
Property Council of Australia
DR BRENDAN RYNNE
Partner and Chief Economist
Head of Office Leasing Australia
Oceania Premises & Workplace Director
Head of Customer, Office
The GPT Group
CEO & Founder
The Future of Office Space Summit is an exclusive event consisting of top-level content and thought leadership discussions. It’s where owners, operators, managers, brokers, investors and solution providers can come together to access the most up to date and credible knowledge delivered by local and international experts.
Topics that will be covered include:
- What we are learning from the on-again-off-again return to the office?
- Office of the Future: Emerging trends & cutting edge ideas in office technology & innovation
- Re-Imagining the tenant experience to attract & retain top talent and great corporate tenants
- The future of hybrid work and its impact on office utilisation
- How corporate tenants and office landlords are addressing climate change, energy costs & tenant comfort
- Searching for, finding, negotiating & leasing new space
- Workplace design, construction & project management – emerging ideas & best practices
- Leveraging CRE analytics to get valuable insights around office portfolio use and performance
- What’s the current view of REITS and fund managers regarding office investment returns?
- The role of the office as a cultural and collaboration hub – how can landlords enhance their buildings to support this for their tenants?
2023 Summit starts in
Here’s a snapshot of the Future of Office Space Summit 2023 agenda.
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- Day 1March 22, 2023
08:00 - 09:00
Main conference registration & morning coffee
09:00 - 09:05
09:05 - 09:10
Chairperson’s opening remarks
CHANGE & OPPORTUNITY
09:10 - 09:30
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The future of work is more human than you think
In this presentation, Charles will explain how the global pandemic; the shift of sustainability to the forefront of the C-suite conversation, and the Great Resignation create a unique opportunity to transform the way our companies operate and how your employees work. We all need to remember that technology doesn’t exist for technology’s sake, it exists to deliver human centric outcomes and experiences.
- The need for empathy: Why ignoring the human impact of the pandemic will ensure the Great Resignation worsens.
- The need for engagement: Employees may like free drinks, ping pong tables and comfy chairs, but if you want them to be engaged, you need to make sure they are informed, empowered, and recognised.
- The need for radical transparency: Employees are switching jobs at record levels. How can eliminating silos and driving radical transparency drive benefits to your business, its processes, and your employees – and how does that make it easier to attract and retain talent?
09:30 - 10:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Enabling the office of the future: Emerging trends & cutting-edge ideas in CRE innovation
2023 Is being referenced as ‘The Year of Implementation’ because the time for ’wait and see’ has passed. As leases expire and a flight to quality continues, Occupiers are looking for office space that is innovative, sustainable, and experiential. This panel will unpack the emerging trends and innovation in the future forward office:
- A future vision of workplace metrics – Leveraging CRE analytics to get valuable insights around office portfolio use and performance
- Re–evaluating the importance of the office as a brand
- Urbanisation – the importance of placemaking takes hold in Asia–Pacific
Panellists include:Moderated by:
- Bifurcation of office stock – will this divide reach fruition in 2023?
- Earning the commute vs recessionary presenteeism anxiety… where does the power lie in 2023?
10:10 - 10:30
How to transform your traditional workplace into a Flex Office
10:30 - 11:10
Morning coffee & Networking break
TENANTS, TECHNOLOGY, AND INVESTMENT
11:10 - 11:30
The role of technology & tenant engagement in the future hybrid workforce
Even with a future of unknowns, we can safely expect to see individuals return to the office 2 – 3 days a week as part of a hybrid workforce. With different end goals that vary from team collaboration to a quiet space to work, technology will play a huge role in understanding and catering to separate occupier needs. Furthermore, technology will lead the way in managing a building to this level through various functions such as tenants, building management and landlords.
- What are the different end goals for individuals returning to office and how do landlords cater to each?
- How does a hybrid workforce impact the day to day lives of different building stakeholders?
- Client case studies that show how tenant engagement has evolved through WFH, hybrid working and what future changes we should expect
11:30 - 12:00
Research Report: The Landlord and Tenant Perspective
12:00 - 12:40
FUND MANAGERS PANEL: Looking at capital flows, performance, and ongoing returns
The property market has been in a state of flux. Changing occupier need, aggressive rate tightening, elevated energy prices and supply chain disruptions are combining, pushing investors towards more resilient and defensive portfolio strategies. In this session we bring together Industry experts to deep dive into some of the most pressing questions shaping the investment landscape:
- How will interest rates and the economic uncertainty impact investment strategies in 2023 and beyond?
- What impact is being seen from pent-up capital and capital raising from cross border activity and domestic investors?
- Why strategic acquisitions that support the diversification of commercial product offerings and unlock prime floor space are in vogue?
Panellists include:Moderated by:
- How should ESG influence your investment strategy?
12:40 - 13:10
RESEARCH REPORT: Commercial real estate under the spotlight – a year on from returning to the office, what has changed in Australian commercial real estate?
In addition to an uncertain economic outlook, tenant businesses face significant challenges in driving productivity, business identity and culture to attract and retain the best talent – the outcome of which will also have implications for landlords and investors.
- Examining the Australian commercial real estate landscape and future outlook amidst the current economic backdrop?
- What does the current performance of Australia’s office market say about the adoption of hybrid working?
- What can market activity tell us about occupier trends and the impact of these trends on leasing demand?
- How have office tenant needs/expectations changed with the adoption of a hybrid workplace?
- What can data tell us about the performance and opportunities across office markets and buildings?
13:10 - 14:10
Lunch & Networking
14:10 - 14:50
INNOVATION TECH TALKS
Office of the Future: Emerging Trends & Cutting-Edge Ideas in Office Technology & Innovation
In this rapid-fire session, we hear from 4 forward thinking Tech companies about how they are creating technologies for the lasting shift toward Offices of the Future.Panellists include:Moderated by:
I WANT MY ESG
14:50 - 15:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Looking at how ESG is driving greater sustainability across commercial real estate and shaping tenant experience
Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for many people, and companies, institutions and governments are responding. As employees and investors increasingly demand more sustainable Real Estate Assets, there is a clear drive for the industry to act for the benefit of the environment, the community, and our economy. This panel will examine how using a centralised approach, making goal – based decisions and tracking/reporting results are key to accelerating and excelling in the field of ESG.
Panellists include:Moderated by:
- From construction to facilities management – what can each player in the office ecosystem do better to drive sustainable outcomes and who is responsible for the carbon footprint at each stage?
- Examining developments in renewable power agreements, integrated waste, and long-term environmental plans
- Examining how sustainability is driving tenant choice when selecting office space and consumers decision making around who to do business with
- What would the S in ESG look like under Scope 3?
- How is technology playing a key role in addressing sustainability issues and enabling Commercial Real Estate’s move towards net-zero?
15:30 - 16:00
Afternoon coffee & Networking break
16:00 - 16:50
Interactive Round Table Discussions
In this session we bring together delegates in a series of 4 x 30 minute facilitated round table discussions, with leading industry experts. Join a table that most interests you and discuss the latest technology and industry trends with likeminded individuals. This will be followed by a 2-minute wrap up by Table Facilitators, summarising the dialogue at each of their tables.
Round Table 1: The age of electrification: Removing gas and other fossil fuels from operational assets
Led by: Tim Wheeler, National Policy Manager–Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Property Council of Australia
Round Table 2: How can the office respond more efficiently to the pulses of dynamic workflow?
Round Table 3: Workplace design, construction & project management – how do we implement emerging ideas and best practice?
Round Table 4: Movin’ Out: Searching for, finding, negotiating & leasing new space
Led by: Tim O’Connor, Head of Office Leasing Australia, JLL
DESIGN & EXPERIENCE
16:50 - 17:30
CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating a sense of place: Merging real estate and working life into a future-fit office
This panel will explore how the office can help businesses get ahead in the talent race by providing environments that promote a human-centric focus, advance workplace priorities and embrace employee values:
- Hospitality-driven delivery of workplace services and amenities
- Promoting health and well-being via purposeful amenities
- The importance of the landlord’s role in precinct and place making
Panellists include:Moderated by:
- Now you see me, now you don’t: The future of hybrid work and its impact on office utilisation – how many square meters do we need?
17:30 - 18:00
Cocktails & Networking
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
The Future of Office Space Summit is a Hybrid event. This format combines the traditional face-to-face conference with virtual elements, allowing both in-person and virtual attendees to access the same content and networking opportunities simultaneously.
High quality curated content
With one day of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.
Live and on-demand
Wherever you are at the time of the event, you’ll be in control. You’ll have the ability to consume all the content being delivered at your leisure through either a live stream of the physical event or on-demand.
If you are based outside of Sydney and for whatever reason can’t make it to the event in-person, you can save on travel time and accommodation costs while still networking with global industry professionals.
Business matchmaking live
Take part in intelligently curated meetings with like-minded individuals that share similar interests and challenges from all over the world through our AI powered matchmaking delivered via our virtual platform.
Accessible from all your devices
Get insights and network at your fingertips – all content sessions and networking activities will be accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices.
Engage, interact and influence
Make the most of your experience by being a truly active participant. Whether at the event or attending virtually, you’ll have the ability to ask questions, participate in polls, and share your experience with other attendees via break-out sessions.