We took 60 seconds to find out from our CEO, Chris Chapple, what makes him so passionate about 151 Property and what his vision of the workplace will be in the years to come.
What drew you to work in real estate?
It’s a very dynamic industry where no two days are ever the same. It offers the opportunity to create a legacy in cities and communities, improving & developing the buildings & spaces people live, work or shop in.
How would your team describe you, in two to three words?
They’d probably ask for a few more words! I think they would say I’m passionate, hard-working, curious and dedicated.
How do you support collaboration in your team, especially with remote or hybrid work models?
This is a challenge for every leader, and it requires effort and focus.
What we saw initially, in 2020, was that everyone went into a siloed self-care mode where they focused on their job, their KPIs and their to-do list. It was our role, as leaders, to help team members realise their contribution is not just about them, but how they work together to create outcomes for the business and it’s investors, for our customers and for our communities. For me, it came down to leveraging many forms of communication – being on Zoom calls all day is not the only way to do it.
How do you think workplaces will change post-COVID?
Many organisations already had teams working in more places than just the office. What the pandemic has enabled is for most companies to now realise that it’s actually possible to have team members work in more than one location. I think a greater proportion of our workforce will be working more flexibly going forward. However, I don’t think the purpose of the office will fundamentally change. It’s where teams will come together, connect and collaborate. It’s where learning and innovation will happen. Spending more time together in the office will enable better ideas, greater opportunities and a more socially cohesive team.
Spending more time together in the office will enable better ideas, greater opportunities and a more socially cohesive team.
What Australian building or development inspires you right now?
Over the last decade, we’re seeing a greater willingness for developers to be more adventurous with project design. There’s more collaboration with new & interesting local architects, as well as global architects which we’ve seen in many precincts in our gateway cities. I believe Melbourne is one of the most creative cities in the world when it comes to building design and has created some of Australia’s most interesting buildings. And New Zealand does a really great job embedding sustainability initiatives into its projects. The shift in design that we’ve also seen is creating better experiences for the public at street level. Whether this is in retail, commercial or residential projects, the human interface is forming a greater consideration for projects.
How is technology changing the way we design, build and interact with our built environment?
It’s making design and construction quicker and more accurate, and ongoing building management much easier. It is also enhancing the occupier or user experience, because there are so many platforms to help you control comfort, pre-order a coffee etc… even though the industry has been a technology laggard, we’re catching up quickly. And it’s the user demanding change from real estate owners and managers – because they have a choice. Ultimately, those buildings that have the ability to be more adaptive and flexible will be the ones that succeed.
Who has been instrumental in shaping your career so far?
I’ve been fortunate to work for a number of different people who have all been great at what they do. For me, it’s about identifying the characteristics, traits or skills that have enabled their success, and then adapting that to my own style.