IBM's Santa Teresa LaboratoryArchitectural design for program development
by Gerald M. McCue
The special needs of the computer programmer in terms of working space, furniture design, access to terminals and conference rooms, and overall working environment led IBM to construct a facility intended to enhance programmer productivity in a development environment. That facility is the Santa Teresa Laboratory in San Jose, California, designed by MBT Associates of San Francisco. This essay discusses the programmer's needs, how they were perceived, and the process by which they led to unique design concepts, as well as the architectural philosophy underlying the design process.