Planning for Higher Education Journal

Agency and Influence

The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building
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From Volume 41 Number 2 | January–March 2013
By Nathan F. Alleman, L. Neal Holly, Carla A. Costello
Planning Types: Campus Planning

In this article we discuss the organizational impact of an academic unit’s move from an old adapted structure to a new building constructed specifically to meet its needs. We emphasize the interaction of user agency and building influence as the faculty sought ways to enact group values and goals in a new space that promoted some and frustrated others. In conclusion we discuss specific examples of the interaction between agency and influence and propose steps that planners and users might take prior to and following a building transition to better promote congruence between the purposes of academic units and the spaces that support them.

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