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From the Desk of an Architect: Jeff Gunning, FAIA
Jeff Gunning, FAIA, shares some of his surprises since working from home and his #wfh set-up in this week's "From the Desk of an Architect."
What is your favorite/most meaningful object at your workspace?
My drums, an old wooden carpenter’s level, and my Fellowship medal.
The bar is nearby…
What are your tips for staying productive while working from home?
Staying on a schedule. I get up at 5, workout, read and eat breakfast before heading into the den to work at 8:30. I only take 15 minutes or so for lunch, and try to turn the computer off by 6:30.
How are you staying connected to your team? To your clients?
We use Microsoft Teams, and I encourage everyone to turn their cameras on. Clients are more receptive than co-workers! We've had several successful project interviews since WFH started. It's more efficient than we could have imagined.
How would you manage complex projects with large teams remotely?
Communicate often with short meetings, rather than long ones. It helps when juggling multiple projects/ issues.
If you had a problem when the rest of your remote team was offline, how would you go about solving it?
Call our IT guys. They have delivered new equipment to team members within hours!
What’s your biggest concern about working remotely?
There is bound to be some loss of efficiency with team members. So far not much.
Digital and analog, and the family piano.
What would be on your playlist of top 5 go-to songs for work? Have a favorite Spotify playlist for work?
My daughter, Emma Gunning, created a Spotify Playlist called QuarenTIME. I highly recommend it.
How do you unwind after working from home?
When cold, hot tub. Otherwise, non-COVID reading.
How are you staying active?
My wife and I do Lifetime Fitness online classes together every morning (weekdays only!).
My interns Bert and Karen. She makes a great turkey sandwich. He sleeps.
Any tips for maintaining balance and separating work from home-life?
Stay out of the workspace after hours. Create separation from living space.