Human-Centric Work Environment

Yvonne Burton, Business Editor

For the past several months, I have been co-authoring a series of articles with Yoko Kawai, Lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of MIRAI Work Space. We’re focusing on “Human-Centric Work Environment: Design and Technology.”

The series discusses ways for us to stay healthy while working in the New Normal that the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated by taking advantage of both spatial design and technology. Yoko focuses on the design aspects, and I am writing from the technological perspective. We explore how spatial design and innovative technologies can blend harmoniously to help us work and stay well regardless of where we are.

We are a part of the spaces we inhabit—a sort of relationship. Yoko first developed the concept of “human-centric” work environments using aspects from the Japanese Buddhist way of perceiving the body and space. We want to help readers view space and technology from a first-person perspective and provide guidance on how to use them better for well-being and optimized productivity.

Yoko and I have published the first three articles on the MIRAI Work Space site with several more to come throughout the summer months and into the fall.

shutterstock_1216216276_s via MIRAI work space

Human-Centric Collaboration

To introduce you to the human-centric concept and share our collaborative writings, please visit the links below. I look forward to hearing your comments.

Power of the Work Environment- Introduction to the Human-Centric Work Environment

The New Normal – Part 1: Human-centric Work Environment

The New Normal – Part 2: Human-centric Work Environment

About MIRAI Work Space

Two professional, award-winning Japanese design firms joined forces to establish MIRAI Work Space with the mission to create workspaces that enhance both the well-being of individuals and the businesses. MIRAI provides three branches of “Space for Well-being” services: architecture/interior design, landscape design, and consultation.

Yvonne Burton provides services to Japanese firms operating internationally and companies operating in the Japanese market. To learn more, please visit