Rethink: Interdisciplinary evaluation of academic workspaces
AuthorBackhouse, S; Newton, C; Fisher, K; Cleveland, B; Naccarella, L
EditorAgrawal, A; Gupta, R
Source Title53rd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2019
PublisherArchitectural Science Association (ANZAScA)
University of Melbourne Author/sNewton, Clare; Backhouse, Sarah; Fisher, Kenneth; Cleveland, Benjamin; Naccarella, Lucio
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsBackhouse, S., Newton, C., Fisher, K., Cleveland, B. & Naccarella, L. (2019). Rethink: Interdisciplinary evaluation of academic workspaces. Agrawal, A (Ed.) Gupta, R (Ed.) 53rd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2019, 2019-November, pp.87-96. Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA).
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Academic workspace remains an emotive topic. It is bound tightly with each academic’s identity, purpose and status. As universities increasingly focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration to producenew knowledge, the sanctuary of the individual office is under challenge. Inspired by precedents in the commercial world, universities are experimenting with more open workspace environments with a desire topromote collaborationand increasespace utilisation.However,there is resistance withintheacademic community. Given this context, there is a surprising paucity of research into the design and occupation of academic workspaces. This research beginsto fill that gap through a scoping literature review specific to the academic workspaceand anew approach toacademic workspace evaluation (AWE). The AWE approach focuses on the alignment of people, purpose and place, differentiating itself from the predominant post-occupancy evaluation fociofbudget, time, environmental performance and user satisfaction. A key finding of the research has been that change management – as an integral aspect of the project design process –is as importantto the success of future-focused academic workspace projects as theirspatial design.
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