"Changing attitudes and expectations about gender roles in the united Statesare effecting traditional assumptions about the spaces in which men andwomen Interact. Rock, Torre & Wright (1980) have argued that as womenincrease their public profile, they will seek more open spaces at home thatallow multiple uses to occur simultaneously. With regard to kitchens theyargue: "High visibilty and accessbility of all the tools and the means forshopping, planning, preparing, eating, cleaning up and storing after mealspromotes participation in these tasks by all members of the household" (p95). These arguments require empirical testing. As befits an exploratory study, our goal was hypothesis-finding, not testing.We wanted to discover if there were connections between: 1) sociodemo-graphic variables and space, 2) gender role orientation and space, socio-demographic variables and space, and 3) kitchen task performance andspace. We wanted to discover finally if sociodemographics were related torole orientation and if role orientation was related to household task perfor-mance. Through interviews and self-report questionnaires, data were col-lected from 36 married couples. Three-dimensional scale models of fourkitchens were used as the measuring intrument for ascertaining degree ofpreferred kitchen openness.It appears that some support for Rock, Torre & Wright's thesis exists. Wediscovered empirical evidence to support the following generalizationswhich need further testing.CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SOCIODEMOGRAPHICS AND PREFERRED SPACEIf women work full time and are a pan of a dual career couple, they willprefer open kitchens with multiple uses.CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ACTUAL BEHAVIOR ADN PREFERENCE FOR MULTI-USE KITCHENS.If males are responsible for cooking and take greater responsibility forkitchen tasks than the female,there is a preference for open kitchens withmultiple uses.RELATIONSPHIPS BETWEEN GENDER ROLE ORIENTION AND BEHAVIOR.If males have non-traditional gender role orientations they will increasetheir use of the kitchen and cooking.In young couples males are more eglitarian in doing kitchen tasks.If couples have few or no children, males are more egalitarian in doingkitchen tasks.In summary, there was an indication that couples with more traditional roleorientation and behaviors preferred kitchens supportive of genoder separa-tion, while couples with more non-traditional gender orientation and be-haviors preferred kitchens more supportive of role interchangeability. Thefindings also suggested a modification of the measuring intrument from oneof spatial openness to a more precise mesure of accessibility and dual use ofspaces."