Faculty and student space: Reimagining traditional approaches to the adjacencies of classroom, office and collaboration spaces

Stacey Chapman
Senior Associate
Sasaki

Lan Ying Ip, AIA
Principal
Sasaki

Got your attention? We thought so. The relationship of students to faculty is changing, and this dynamic is shifting how program space is allocated and how campus buildings are designed. Many campuses dedicate 25-30% of space to private offices, far exceeding the 10-15% typically dedicated to instructional space. Classroom space and faculty office space are no longer relegated to separate spaces and buildings across campus. As learning environments and faculty offices are brought closer together to foster planned and non-planned interactions inside and outside of the classroom, the typical space ratios for classrooms and faculty offices no longer holds true. Session leaders demonstrate new strategies for re-envisioning classrooms, faculty offices and their shared spaces that are more flexible, collaborative, affordable, and better utilized. They examine space planning and design solutions at the University of Nebraska and other projects that are enabling a shift between private focused work and collaboration with peers, boosting engagement with students, improving adjacencies, and enabling more dynamic and productive interactions for all of the building’s occupants. 

Continuing Education
AIA CES Units: 
1.00
HSW Units: 
1.00