Academic Meetings (10-30-19)

Weijs-Perree lead a team that investigated how university employees and students use spaces for face-to-face interactions.  They determined via data collected at a building at a Dutch university that “students more often interacted in meeting rooms than teaching staff, and support staff interacted less in eat/drink areas and the hallways than other users. . . . it is important that sufficient meeting rooms and concentration rooms for students are designed, as this user group uses these spaces more often compared to employees, who have more interactions at their workplace. It is also important that the more informal areas (e.g. canteen/café) are also made attractive for employees, so that spontaneous encounters between students and employees and different departments are promoted. . . .the original workplace concept of the . . . building [where data were collected] was based on the ABO [activity-based office] concept. However, in practice, the building is still used in a traditional way (i.e., fixed workplaces) by part of its users (i.e., some of the academic staff).”    

Minou Weijs-Perree, Lorell Buck, Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek, and Theo Arentze.  2019.  “Location Choices of Face-to-Face Interactions in Academic Buildings:  An Experience Sampling Approach.”  Ergonomics, vol. 62, no. 12, pp. 1499-1514,