Wouldn’t it be great to have your office connected to your research lab?
Wouldn’t it be great to have your office separate from your research lab?
I’ve seen it both ways. I’ve never had my office connected to my lab, and my lab has always been a 30-second walk from my office, give or take a bit. And the lab has always been out of sight of my office, which often means that it’s out of mind.
I’d like to see my research students when they come in, and I want the lab in mind more frequently. And I want to make sure that happens in the lab is research, with a good dose of collegiality.
On the other hand, being in a suite of offices with my colleagues, as long as they’re good people, is nice too. One of the things that makes my small department wonderful is the people, and the casual hallway chats are often valuable. But a faculty office zone isn’t compatible with having our labs connected to our offices, which also is good.
I’m tempted to just move into my lab instead of using my office. If it’s not a good idea, I can just move back.
What do you have, and what would you prefer? Are you aware of any innovative designs that you think work best?