There won’t be many places for professors to hide from students or each other in the University of Utah’s new home for its David Eccles School of Business.
Faculty offices and conference rooms have large windows into wide halls, which are furnished with comfy chairs in which students are welcome to lounge, and corridors that look onto the floors above and below.
The idea is to promote dialogue and camaraderie between students and their mentors, according to U. business dean Taylor Randall, as well as discussions across disciplines. Faculty from the school’s five departments will be mixed together, rather than relegated to separate wings, reflecting the interdisciplinary future of scholarly research.
“The openness is symbolic of what the business school is trying to be,” Randall said. “It’s no longer about designing a classroom, but designing an experience.”