Reimagine your workplace.

At 1407, we recognize that our work environments demand new templates for creativity and success. That’s why we’re launching our first creative ideas competition. We want to hear what environments inspire you to create, collaborate, and succeed. What does this look like, feel like, sound like? How does it challenge you? What makes it tick? Who else is with you? How do you communicate with each other? What happens there that doesn’t happen elsewhere? Responses can take almost any form - a mood board, poem, diagram, or sketch - whatever works for you. We are asking you to re-imagine your workplace.

What is 1407 Broadway?

1407 Broadway is a newly redesigned building and workspace in New York City that empowers forward-thinking leaders and companies to grow, create and achieve new possibilities.We believe this affords us the opportunity to engage you, the 21st century workforce, and hear first hand how workspaces are evolving.

Abigail Smith, Senior Strategist, CO OP Brand Partners
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Abigail is a visualizer, storyteller, and idea generator, as well as a graphic designer, landscape designer, and architectural designer. Currently Abigail works as a Senior Strategist at CO OP Brand Partners. At CO OP she specializes in positioning real estate developments and exploring the intersection of urbanism, branding, and user engagement through CityLabs, of which she is a founder.

Abigail holds at B.F.A in Graphic Design from SVA and master degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn she curated the symposium Making Space with Chris Marcinkoski (PORT A+U) and Brian Phillips (ISA). This conversation challenged the conventional understanding of the architecture practice by celebrating those who are challenging the accepted client-service-based format in favor of more nimble, savvy, resilient and aggressive modes of practice.

Prior to attending PennDesign Abigail worked as an Art Director / Designer and collaborated with: Newsweek Magazine, 2x4, Project Projects, Pew Foundation, Design Philadelphia, PennDesign, Penn Museum of Archeology & Anthropology, Print Magazine, OOPS Office of Paul Sahre, Simon & Schuster, Judith Barry, FrontLine, McCann Erickson - World Wide, Guggenheim Foundation, Tom Sachs, Yale School of Management, and Number 17.
Alex Iskold, Managing Director, TechStars New York City
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Alex Iskold is the Managing Director of Techstars in New York City.

Previously Alex was Founder/CEO of GetGlue (acquired by, founder/CEO of Information Laboratory (acquired by IBM), and Chief Architect DataSynapse (acquired by TIBCO).

Alex created GetGlue, the leading social TV network, backed by Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, TimeWarner Investments and Rho Ventures. GetGlue has been named breakout startup of 2011 by Mashable and Top 10 Video Innovator by FastCompany. In 2012 Hollywood reporter named Alex among top 50 digital power players.

Alex’s first startup, Information Laboratory, created a tool that helped software architects find problems in their code. IBM acquired the company in 2003, and much of Alex’s work made its way into widely used IBM Rational Developer and Architect products. In addition to being serial entrepreneur, Alex also contributed hundreds of articles to ReadWriteWeb, and taught an award-winning undergraduate software engineering class at NYU.

An engineer by training, Alex has deep passion and appreciation for startups, digital products and elegant code. He likes running, yoga, complex systems, Murakami books and red wine. Not necessarily in that order and not necessarily all together. He actively blogs about startups and venture capital at
Glen Cummings, Partner & Creative Director MTWTF; lecturer in Graphic Design at Yale University School of Art
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Glen Cummings is the founding partner of MTWTF, a graphic design studio based in New York City. Recent clients include the Museum of Modern Art, Dia Art Foundation, Lincoln Center Theater, The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, The Office of Metropolitan Architecture and The City of Newark, New Jersey among others.  

Glen holds a B.F.A. from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University School of the Arts, where he has been a lecturer since 2002. Glen is the current vice-president of AIGA NY, a former Design Trust for Public Space fellow, and founder of GDNYC, a consortium of designer and educators that promote design research in New York City.

Prior to founding MTWTF Glen worked as senior art director at 2x4, leading  signage, environmental graphic, broadcast, identity and publication projects for MTV, Chanel, Vitra, and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Glen's work has been exhibited or presented by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The New Museum, The Venice Architecture Biennale, the Van Alen Institute, Architecture League, NY and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Kyle Barker, Head of Architecture, WeWork
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For the last 3 years Kyle has been working to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses to work collaboratively through WeWork's innovative community platform. Leveraging architecture and design to unpack and reconstruct a better way for the independent and small business workforce to tackle the challenges of today's changing economy has been an invigorating and enjoyable experience for him. Before applying his creativity to workplace design he was partner of a small design studio and has worked in such firms as Boston's Childs Bertman Tseckares Architects, Seattle's Olson Sundberg Kundig Alan Architects, and New York City's Donal Blair Architects.
Matthias Hollwich,founder of Architizer, professor at PennDesign
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Matthias Hollwich, SBA is a registered European Architect and co-founder of HWKN. As Principal in Charge, Matthias leads the creative design process and oversees all design development firm wide.

For every project, Matthias works closely with clients during initial design phases to create the overarching vision. Under his leadership, HWKN has grown from a 2-person firm to a high-design architectural office of 25. As an architectural visionary, the most iconic projects realized to-date include Wendy, the design that won the prestigious MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2012, and the Fire Island Pines Pavilion - both of which received overwhelming responses from the communities and the media.

Before cofounding HWKN, Matthias worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects and Diller+Scofidio in New York City. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*, New York Times, Bauwelt, Dwell, and Architectural Digest. He has been a speaker at TEDx East, TEDx Atlanta and the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam.
CO OP Brand Partners is a brand communications partner that strives to impact people's lives for the better. 
By fusing brand and communications, CO OP transforms visions into strategically led brand identities. Ben Salesse, Creative Director, Abigail Smith, Senior Strategist, and Jeni Yaghoubi, Account Director will serve as the Round One judges for the Competition.
Jury Prize


3 runner-up prizes

$3,000 per runner-up

Jury Prize
Print Screen

By Caio Barboza, Joseph Kennedy, Natalie-Kwee

Runners Up




Notable Entry

By Bogdan Rusu

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