AFIRE Podcast: What Are We Doing in the Office? (ep. 2022.03)

There’s been a lot of discussion through COVID about work from home and the eventual return to office space. Yet, most predictions are either that everything will return to normal—or nothing will ever be normal again. The reality is likely neither of these two extremes…but what will it be?

In this two-part episode of the AFIRE Podcast, Doug Holte, former President of Irvine Company and current founder and CEO of AgileWorkweekInvestments, explores what “work” has become and how office space will change.

Holte is actively investing in new property technology and commercial property platforms to create an efficient and agile workweek. He’s working within the tremendous forces of change in our work to find better, more productive, and more balanced approaches to the office sector.

According to Holte, building the future of the workplace is a complicated task. Among other things, we need to ask better questions around our needs from the workplace. Whatever we create, can we build it without throwing out all that we already have?


Doug Holte is the Founder and CEO of Agile Workweek Investments, his startup that is investing in disruptive technologies and modernized properties for a more efficient and agile workweek. Doug’s inspiration for AWI was not Covid, but rather accelerated by it; the changes he began to see in how people want to live and work started several years ago.

Doug has had an illustrious career in commercial real estate, most recently as President of Irvine Company for over 10 years, and a longtime senior partner and West Coast leader at Hines. He’s also currently a senior advisor to a new proptech venture capital fund, and on the board of important Orange County organizations such as UCI Beall Applied Innovation and CEO Leadership Alliance.

The AFIRE Podcast with Gunnar Branson is the official, multiple-award-winning podcast of AFIRE, the association for international real estate investors focused on commercial property in the United States.

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