Integrating 7-Habits for New Student Housing

Integrating 7-Habits for New Student Housing


Jacob GineS
Becky hawkins
joe smith
basil harb
Mehrdad Samie

Associate Principal, Method Studio
Partner, Method Studio
Partner, Method Studio
Principal, Method Studio
VP, Method Studio


This study enlisted several participants (students and staff) from Utah State University to engage in a series of ‘Spatial Translation Exercises’ to make comparisons between the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students’ and the architectural conditions of space, place, sensation, environment, light, organization, etc. Findings were implemented into the programming and design for the new Valley View replacement housing on the campus of Utah State University. The following are the core concepts and descriptions that were developed by the participants of the Spatial Translation Exercise. These descriptors were then further translated architecturally into 3D room/spatial diagrams, floor plan layouts, and zoning for the exterior spaces and landscape.

Habit #1: Be Proactive
Inspired: visual displays, artwork, quotes, visibility, and sunlight
Comfortable: build community, friendly, places for conversation
Functional: staff access, public and private zones, open layout

Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind
Spaces and places to work and think clearly
Spaces and places that encourage volunteerism and community
Themed areas throughout

Habit #3: Put First Things First
Clean lines and clear use of space, no clutter
Access to resources (people, supplies, technology)
Study spaces/rooms that stimulate the mind and inspire creativity

Habit #4: Think Win-Win
Strong Communities: ownership of space, bring people together
Comfortable, Confident, Inspired

Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
“Conversation Room”: for conflict resolution, calm, comfortable Place of pause, reflection, meditation
Acceptance and diversity
Creating spaces that form trust between residents

Habit #6: Synergize
Energizing layout and interior design
Multi-purpose areas for brainstorming and collaboration
Access to dynamic technology and tools

Habit #6: Sharpen the Saw
Mind and Spirit: Restful spaces, connected to nature, sensory
Creativity: Art studios, music rooms, hobby areas
The Body: Green space, outdoor amenities, exercise areas

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

– Stephen R. Covey