Stress is common among architecture students. Previous research has proven that architecture can have an influence on behaviors that affect levels of stress. This stress can be positive (stimulating, inspiring), or negative (distressing, crippling). Stress levels can be modulated for optimal performance through the design of behavior-oriented spaces.
This architectural project is a result of a research-based post-occupancy evaluation instrument as part of a two-semester thesis investigation on the relationship between space and stress. Three architecture schools were evaluated via interviews, questionnaires, quantitative and qualitative observation. Finally, a set of design criteria was generated to redesign the existing undergraduate studio of the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture.
The resulting design addresses problems of stress generation through behavior and provides a multiplicity of spaces that provide flexibility for students to have more control over their work environment.