Well Designed Spaces With Victor Maningo

Well Designed Spaces is Victor Moningo’s forte. A trained architect with over 25 years of experience in corporate real estate including architecture, construction, workplace design and account management for a diverse portfolio of global Fortune 500 clients.

Well Designed Spaces are Victor Maningo’s forte. He is a trained architect with over 25 years of experience and a passion for architecture.

Victor is Vice President for global market development for International Well Building Institute (IWBI). He has a Masters of Corporate Real Estate and holds a Bachelor Degree of Art in Design.

His primary role is to assist the exponential growth in Asia, a market quickly adopting the WELL building standard. 

Listen to the following clips for Victor’s expertise on Well Designed Spaces: 


“[I] remember those horrible days of cubicle farms in the 80s and 90s. [Office] spaces are now more experiential, more people focused.” — Victor Maningo



The office must be an environment you want to spend time in.

Victor’s mission is to build community, while still providing a variety of office formats, allowing employees to do their best work.

Technology has untethered us from the old factory work paradigm. In addition, Victor says it’s liberated us from the confines of four walls, with bad lighting and no access to nature.



“Another client [gives] healthy recipes, mindful exercises, tips on reducing stress [to their employees]. Those tools are invaluable, not just within the building, but [for] at home.” — Victor Maningo



Companies are encouraging employees to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. More specifically, offices are providing vending machines with a range of nutritious products.

Making snacking healthier and convenient isn’t all they’re doing. In addition, offices offer treadmills and gyms to help employees keep fit.

Moreover, one client developed an app that sends COVID communications. This subsequently provides transparency to the organization and helps keep their employees safe.



“The standard really is a cross bridge of building science, health science, and behavior science.” — Victor Maningo



Victor tells us the ten concepts for WELL Building: the topics of air, water, nourishment, light, movement, sound, thermal comfort, materials, mind and community.

Through data driven strategies, WELL Building Standard is a full scope approach to create optimal indoor ambience.

Subsequently, WELL certification looks at building performance, operations and management, and how these can come together to have a positive impact on people’s health and well-being. 



“I’m currently hearing from clients that workplace solutions are going to be more task based rather than location based.” – Victor Maningo



Because of Covid, demands and expectations are shifting from the boardroom to the supply chain.

Therefore, an organization must empower workers to choose when and where they do their best work. Secondly, for employee retention, companies need to be competitive and offer flexibility.

Lastly, whether it’s in office or at home, HR policies and technology solutions can enable the workforce to do their best.



 “You know, the pre-pandemic trend was a ‘resimercial’ scenario. We were making offices look more like our homes, and now we’re going to make our homes look more like the office.” – Victor Maningo



Victor says it’s an interesting challenge for organizations because they’re going to have to pay people to essentially decorate their homes. 

With various options including an allowance, stipend, or a methodology, it is unclear what the best solution is.

Yet architects and designers have so much data, it must therefore be utilized for developing workspaces at home and in the office.



Victor’s workplace solution would be finding a way to measure psychological safety.

Stress is subjective and subsequently challenging to observe. Specifically, employees have different tolerance levels and trigger points.

Therefore, if it could be measured individually, it could be dealt with effectively. In the end, it would create happier and healthier workplaces.


About the author

Michelle Pijanowski

Michelle Pijanowski

Marketing and Content Coordinator

A traveller at heart, Michelle has always been excited by storytelling and connecting with people from all walks of life. Her passion for content creation started when she accidentally landed an internship in marketing that ended up leading her into the worlds of social media and journalism. Now equipped with a degree in Communication and Media from the University of Calgary in Canada, she supports the Locatee team as the Junior Marketing Manager.

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