Joanna Grehan

Workplace Innovation Consultant

Joanna is a Workplace Innovation Consultant at UnWork. Recent projects have included the post-pandemic re-envisioning of headquarters for global organisations such as the British Council and the Global Fund. She is particularly interested in the purpose of the office and is passionate about the role of smartly designed and inspiring spaces to support people and organisations through change.

Joanna is an experienced consultant having begun her career in Corporate Communications Strategy, then studied design at the Glasgow School of Art before joining an architecture firm specialising in workplace consultancy. Most recently she has worked at property consultancy Knight Frank where she used her design knowledge to inform clients’ decisions around major lease events and relocations.

Projects included HQ and Estates Strategy for the London Fire Brigade, Workplace Strategy for legal firm Stephenson Harwood, the Insurtech unicorn Marshmallow and Knight Frank’s own transition to agile working, incorporating design, change management and strategic consulting.

She holds a War Studies degree from Kings College London and a Bachelor of Design from the Glasgow School of Art.



Favourite building?

The Glasgow School of Art by Rennie Mackintosh. I was lucky enough to study in ‘the Mack’ for nine (too short) months and will never forget the experience.

Most inspiring place you’ve been to?

Venice. For the Biennale, but also the city itself – a melting pot of influences; cultural, commercial and gastronomic. As well, it’s beautiful and a feat of engineering that it even exists

Favourite Quote?

“To create, one must first question everything.” Eileen Gray

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us

In-between jobs once I learnt to sail and joined a crew sailing the width of the Mediterranean