Pharmaceutical Design with People in Mind
The Stubbins Associates, Inc.
Because science is very much a collaborative effort, successful
research facilities rely as much on the "soft" program
areas (break-out rooms, staff lounges, meeting spaces, and cafes)
as on the laboratories themselves. These "interaction spaces"
fertilize some of the most important discoveries by encouraging
communication and collaboration among all staff. This poster will
demonstrate that pharmaceutical research facilities are better environments
when designed to foster a sense of community. By designing for the
humanistic qualities in these interaction spaces it can provide
a delightful contrast to the more regimented laboratory environment.
Wood floors, limestone walls, fanciful furniture, playful lighting
and bright colors can provide an inviting setting for staff and
People are the most important resource of any company. In the demanding
world of research the stress needs to be alleviated and creative
thinking released. A well designed laboratory can be both sterile
(in the technical sense) and lively at the same time. The overall
design goal is to create a place in which highly intelligent, highly
trained, and highly paid staff could happily do their best and most
A healthy environment is one that provides for all the senses and
the mind alike. The best outcome of designing "green"
is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Jeff Salocks, AIA,
has over 20 years of experience as an architect and designer specializing
in the programming, planning and design of laboratory and research
facilities for universities, institutional, healthcare and corporate
clients. At present he is the Director of Laboratory and Research
Facilities at The Stubbins Associates in Cambridge Massachusetts
and has recently designed new research facilities for the Novartis
Institute for Biomedical Research and Elixir Pharmaceuticals. He
has also programmed and/or designed new laboratory facilities for
academic institutions such as Brown University and Dartmouth College.
Mr. Salocks holds a BArch degree from Pratt Institute and is a member
of the American Institute of Architects. He speaks frequently on
the subject of laboratory design for such national organizations
as SCUP, Project Kaleidoscope, National Council of Research Administrators
and Society of Research Administrators.