The purpose of this symposium is to share information on previously unpublished research/work dealing with workers response to offices and to selected environmental systems within them. Special emphasis will be given to the future of office design in the different countries and to the theoretical framework underlying the research of the different participants. One of the possible outcomes of the Symposium could be an international approach to evaluation research in offices, possibly steering pilot studies in the two countries in the near future. The work of the participants has several characteristics in common. First each team has taken a systematic approach to evaluating office environments including worker responses. Second, questionnaire data and their analysis are common to all work. Third, each study is conducted on the basis of a theoretical framework and considers the office as a dynamic environment to which workers must adapt. Fourth, each has been undertaken for explicitly stated purposes and despite focussing on different aspects of the office, each study is comprehensive in gathering extensive data on the organizational as well as physical environment. Finally, the results of the research are of importance for future office design. The participants in this symposium will present individual papers. After the presentations they will discuss similarities and differences between their individual approaches to office evaluation research as well as their vision on the future of the office environment in different countries as a place to work. Among the issues to be discussed by the particpants are: 1. What are appropriate theoretical models of stu4ying the dynamic nature of office work and environmental change? 2. How is information technology changing the nature of office work and organisation and what are the consequences for the design and management of office environments? 3. Do patterns of information technological change differ between the two countries? Has this implications for the future of office environments? 4. What are the possible advantages of conducting research in offices on an international scale? 5. What are appropriate uses of findings and/or data produced by the research reported in this symposium? In order to stimulate discussion, each participant will limit his presentation in time and a discussant will lead the final discussion between the participants.