Quiz: Is Your Office Design Driving You Crazy?

Gretchen Rubin
Businesswoman peering over cubicle wall
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Of all the books I've read in the last few years, few have made a deeper impression on me than A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction . This strange, brilliant, fascinating book uses architecture, sociology, psychology, and anthropology to describe the most satisfying architectural environments. It's one of the seven books that changed the way I see the world.

Instead of talking about familiar architectural styles and elements, for example, it focuses on the Sitting Wall, the Front Door Bench, the Child Caves, the Sequence of Sitting Spaces, the Sleeping to the East. I love these!

Ever since I read this book, I've been working my way through everything written by Christopher Alexander. Fascinating stuff.

The book discusses houses--obviously of interest to me and my research for Happier at Home--but it also covers commercial spaces and offices. Are you being driven crazy at work by misplaced walls or the wrong kind of noise? Take this quiz to see how your office measures up.