The nature of the space in which we work, teach, and study is important. The design of our surroundings affects our attitudes, moods, self-esteem, efficiency, and sense of community. For our students, space makes a difference in the quality of the learning experience. It is possible to teach and learn in deficient space, but it is easier to teach and learn when both faculty and students are comfortable, happy, and not distracted by the inconveniences and annoyances of a poorly designed environment. Inadequate space prevents us from achieving all of which we are capable, thereby diminishing our productivity, creativity, and accomplishments. If deficient space limits our future, then good space can expand it. Ultimately, the space around us helps define who we are and what we can achieve.
Robert H. Jerry, II, A Brief Exploration of Space: Some Observations on Law School Architecture, 36 U. Tol. L. Rev. 85 (2004), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/131