Appian leaders wanted deviate from an enclosed, confined office to an open setting that allowed for better communication and collaboration. However, they needed the design to maintain a sense of privacy in personal workspace areas. To meet this mission, the team layered privacy by incorporating a mix of shared teaming areas, partitioned desks and open conference rooms. The new space offers connectivity, while preserving the privacy that employees need to accomplish daily tasks. This transition, from a traditional cubicle layout to an open and transparent space, was the biggest catalyst for positive changes to Appian’s work processes and office culture.