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Donald M. Rattner, AIA

Architect Donald M. Rattner helps individuals and organizations maximize their creativity by drawing on scientific research into the psychology of space. Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s publications include the award-winning My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels. He has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, and Parsons School of Design. Workshop and lecture venues include NeoCon, Metrocon, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, and many others. His work has been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, L-Magazine, and Better Humans. Podcast interviews can be found on Love Your Work, The Unmistakable Creative, and The Creative Life, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s in art history from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.

2021 Trends: The Homework Revolution

Donald Rattner shares how the home will become more like the office and the office more like home in the coming years.

Saving the Workplace by Design: The Hidden Psychology of Safe Space

Donald M. Rattner shares a sampling of the safe space techniques that should be part of every workplace designer’s toolkit in the post-COVID era.

The Original Meaning of Social Distancing and Why Every Creative Professional Should Know It

Donald Rattner explores the psychology of how social distancing could actually boost the creative effectiveness of the spaces we produce.

12 Days of Trends: Resimercial Design Persists

Donald M. Rattner explores resimercial design's mounting popularity as well as its underpinning in evidence-based design.

Resimercial Design: The New Path to Workplace Creativity

How resimercial design could prove a lasting and effective strategy for realizing work environments that are happier, healthier, and more creatively nurturing than those of the past.

The World is Round, and Why The Workplace Should Be Too

Can developing spaces and furnishings dominated by curved contours improve the emotional well-being of a building’s occupants?

Why Your Conference Room Table is Probably Bad for Business

Donald Rattner delves into what it is about the modern conference table that bodes so ill for workplace productivity and business overall.

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