Workplaces Revealed: Joel Goodman, Trinity International University
When I started at Trinity International University, my office was a windowless room inside of a windowless room with carpet that would soak up outside moisture… it literally smelled like a gas station restroom until I had the carpet pulled out. I was set up with the Design team which had worked out of a cinder block office with no natural light for around 20 years. But in May, we moved out of ‘The Bunker’ into a brand new, open design studio. With a new Graphic Design BA on its way this Fall, our design director had a vision for an open studio that allows students to come in, see what we’re working on and learn from real professionals.
For me that meant I got to request a standing desk. So now, I do 80% of my work standing up, I have a huge window, and get to work in a truly creative space. The first week we were here I had people telling me I seemed happier. I guess what de Botton says in The Architecture of Happiness is true:
We may need to have made an indelible mark on our lives, to have married the wrong person, pursued an unfulfilling career into middle age, or lost a loved one before architecture can begin to have any perceptible impact on us, for when we speak of being ‘moved’ by a building, we allude to a bitter-sweet feeling of contrast between the noble qualities written into a structure and the sadder wider reality within which we know them to exist. A lump rises in our throat at the sight of beauty from an implicit knowledge that the happiness it hints at is the exception (p. 22).
Where you work really does affect your quality of product and mental health.