What Is Coworking?

Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. [1] Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. [2] Coworking is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, [3] and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with like-minded talented people in the same space. [4] [5] Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home. [6] [7] Coworking is not only about the physical space, but about establishing the coworking community first. Its benefits can already be experienced outside of its spaces, and it is recommended to start with building a coworking community first before considering opening a Coworking space. [8] However, some coworking spaces don’t build a community: they just get a part of an existing one by combining their opening with an event which attracts their target group.[9]


Our History

We are a brand of coworking offices in Los Angeles. Since 2008, we have cultivated a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers who share office space to collaborate. From private offices to a communal WorkBar, we have flexible plans for a variety of sizes for any workstyles. We also have a variety of meeting room spaces that can be arranged to fit your events needs. Whether you need a permanent place to work every day, a place to meet with a client, host a seminar, or a place to drop in every once in a while, we have the right BLANKSPACE for you.



Jerome Chang
Founder / Architect
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Jerome is the founder and a still practicing licensed architect. Because he is an early pioneer of coworking, Jerome has co-founded LExC, a League of Extraordinary Coworking (the first national network of coworking spaces); COSHARE (the first national association of shared spaces); and the TBD-name first organization of coworking providers in LA. Jerome honed his design skills at Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA), known worldwide for the office headquarters of Google, Chiat/Day and Mother Advertising. Prior to CWA, Jerome was a designer at SFJones Architects, which has designed renowned restaurants such as Spago Beverly Hills, Nobu Malibu, Hamasaku, and Lucky Strike Bowl. Jerome holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University; Master of Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees from Cornell University. He instilled some right-brain training and a little more left-brain to develop BLANKSPACES. And with each project for BLANKSPACES and for private clients, Jerome iterates and improves the various elements that constitute the BLANKSPACES experience.

Emmy Benson

Accounts Manager
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Emmy has been with BLANKSPACES since September 2011, serving as the accounts manager and operational support for all three of our locations. When not at BLANKSPACES, Emmy writes Young Adult novels. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Olivet Nazarene University, and several years of stage management experience garnered from Kansas City’s community theatre industry. In her free time, Emmy enjoys brunching and the theatre.


Nikki Scott
Assistant Operations Manager
After graduating from FIDM, Nikki moved back to the east coast to pursue an artful career working in interior design/event planning and fashion styling in Baltimore. After deciding to move back to LA, she began her career with BLANKSPACES where she worked her way to become the Assistant Community Experience Manager (aka Operations Manager). In her free time, Nikki enjoys reading her horoscope, arranging (& rearranging her apartment) and traveling the west coast with her toy Yorkie, Oliver.


Gabby Corse
Facility Supervisor
Gabby’s roots are from New Jersey, but she’s lived both in Florida and Texas before landing in the City of Angels. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and became an elementary school teacher thereafter, where she honed her communication and critical thinking skills. An outdoor activities enthusiast, avid reader and beach goer, Gabby enjoys strumming away on her guitar when she isn’t managing our DTLA facility


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  • 30 Most Influential People in Coworking 2016 March 30, 2016 By Carly Dell 117 Share Tweet 459 Share 6 Share Coworking, by its very definition, is rooted in community, growth, and innovation. Because of the passion and dedication of thousands of coworking community members, the industry has expanded to what it is today – a revolutionary movement that is shaping the way our world views businesses, offices, and the way people ...
  • 2016 PREDICTIONS: COWORKING DESIGN wil-03 By Jerome Chang // Founder, BLANKSPACES 2016 will be a banner year for the design of coworking spaces. Here are some of my predictions. Design styles will distinguish and even glamorize the coworking brands that want to grow. Coworking has its roots in fostering community, with some spaces that are claiming a curated experience. Curation will continue to include design ...
  • Co-Working Finds Space in Tech Scene los_angeles_business_journalCo-Working Finds Space in Tech Scene REAL ESTATE: Flexibility, price points prove good fit for startups. By GARRETT REIM Sunday, August 23, 2015 Moving In: Cross Campus’ Dan Dato, left, and Ronen Olshansky in Santa Monica. Photo by Ringo Chiu. Chad Vangas’ startup is growing, but he won’t be moving into a formal office any time soon. Bootstrapped since its inception ...
  • A social workplace develops and expands the definition of work, including networking bLA-Logo-72dpi-(636x424)“A social workplace develops and expands the definition of work, including networking” Jerome Chang, Blankspace’s founder Since 2008, Blankspaces has been cultivating the shared workspace scene in Los Angeles. The brand has several locations, with two in L.A and one in Santa Monica, each offering freelancers and entrepreneurs shared office space, which can be rented out ...
  • 5 THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT COWORKING LAST WEEK AT GCUC GCUC-2015Insights into the roots and recent explosion of coworking from the Global Coworking Unconference Conference. Liz Elam, the executive producer of GCUC, kicks off day two of the conference at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Calif. Image courtesy of GCUC. We convened in Berkeley, California with hundreds of of workplace experts, “people-people”, and coworking space providers ...
  • NEWS: Inside Downtown’s Emerging Tech Boom DTLA-News-logoInside Downtown’s Emerging Tech Boom – Los Angeles Downtown News Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 9:21 am, Mon Dec 15, 2014. By Eddie Kim | 0 comments DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — When it comes to high technology in Los Angeles, the location of choice is “Silicon Beach.” The label describes the thriving scene in Santa ...
  • 20 Hot Coworking Spaces for Business photo20 Hot Coworking Spaces for Business Jan 10, 2015 by Annie Pilon In Small Business Operations 13 Email this Article Print This Article Working remotely doesn’t have to mean being cooped up in your house or apartment. Now there are spaces where remote workers and tech startups can get office space or just share a communal work area with ...
  • Coworking Space of the Week: BLANKSPACES Millennial Magazine06.16.2014 Millenial Magazine “Coworking Space of the Week: BLANKSPACES” “…BLANKSPACES is the perfect location for Millennials who want to be surrounded by like-minded individuals…Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of a home office.”
  • Santa Monica Mirror smmirror4.30.2014 Santa Monica Mirror Download PDF “Silicon Beach Coworking Spaces: A Fad Or New Trend?” LEE S. SEGAL “Coworking offices have emerged as the new commercial real estate office in the past few years in Los Angeles.”
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