Office Spaces

Faculty offices have an effect on how well faculty can instruct their students and interact with each other, and so care should be taken with them as well. Planners should determine how an office will be used before they determine what it will look like. Since faculty are both scholars and teachers, their office spaces need to accommodate both roles. Computer space needs to be provided as well as access to the internal and external teleconferencing and electronic networks which may be available in the future. The arrangement of offices should be informed by issues relating to faculty interaction, student access, and energy conservation.

From Experience: Harvey Mudd College

The Olin Science Hall at Harvey Mudd College, completed to house two new departments, biology and computer science, and to provide new quarters for the mathematics department. With bold and careful planning, Olin's designers were able to create a facility with need-specific labs and adjacencies. Students at Harvey Mudd are expected to involve themselves heavily in independent research, and research labs were constructed specifically for this purpose. The teaching labs vary depending on subject. The neurobiology lab incorporates six neuroworkstations with digital imaging capability. Developmental genetics, population biology, molecular microbiology, physiological ecology, and plant physiology also have spaces designed with their particular research effort in mind. Because very little of the workspace in the labs is built in, Harvey Mudd's new center remains adaptable to future changes in curriculum and teaching methods.