Transforming spaces in higher education: academic office environments and their influence on staff, a case-study from Melbourne, Australia

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    Francis, Matthew C.
    Andamon, Mary Myla
    2019 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Guidelines for sustainable built environment


Despite cellular offices historically having a predominant role in facilitating academic
productivity, alternative office configurations for academic staff have emerged in Australian universities. This paper presents key post-occupancy evaluation (POE) survey results of a high-performance university office building (c.2012) in the urban centre of Melbourne, Australia. The POE survey responses of full-time academic research staff (ARS) were conducted to investigate satisfaction with indoor environmental quality (IEQ) variables and perception of their overall productivity as effected by their office environments. Despite the POE survey results indicating only 22% of ARS consider their working environment to have a positive effect on their work productivity, key IEQ variables showed
significant correlation with their perceived productivity (R=0.661, R2=0.437, F(13,85) =5.075, p<0.000). As high-performance office buildings are either retrofitted or developed to house growing number of academic staff in Australian universities, additional research is required to further evaluate academic staff preferences with their indoor environments that facilitate and augment their productivity. Keywords: POE; academic staff; productivity; office design.


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