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“Creative space is the most overused term,” said Jeffrey M. Worthe, president of Worthe Real Estate Group, on the Development, Leasing and Market Experts panel at Allen Matkinsannual View From the Top conference in Beverly Hills. The panel was stacked with developers and investors—Sam Caven of Starwood Capital Group; Derek K. Hunter, Jr., president of Hunter Properties; Christopher Rising, president of Rising Realty Partners; Scott Strafford, principal and co-founder of Strada Investment Group—who all discussed major West Coast markets where they were building “meaningful office” properties.

Rising, who is known for breathing life back into Downtown Los Angeles’ historic office stock, echoed the overuse of the term “creative,” and said that they try to create spaces that work with people’s lifestyles. “I think creative is overused, but there is a fundamental fact that your employees are working 24-7, so an office has to be more. I think that there needs to be space to break out and have a different experience. It is about collaboration. You need different types of spaces throughout a day,” he said.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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