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Psychology of Architecture


The first conference on the Psychology of Architecture was held in Austin, TX on Dec 4-5, 2016.

Most of the talks were filmed. You can view them here.

About the Conference.

Every psychological process and every human interaction occurs in a physical place. The architecture and interior designs that create spaces for and guide daily human functioning are not only products of the human psyche but also act on the psyche in important ways.


The built environment may influence individuals’ moods, motivations, judgments, decisions, health, behavior, and interactions with others. Preferences for certain physical environments may be neurally/hormonally underpinned, evolutionarily driven, and/or culturally modulated. Furthermore, individual differences are likely to lead to diverging experiences of the same building or room.


Scholars from an array of disciplines, ranging from psychology and neuroscience to architecture and engineering, are conducting important research that touches on these topics. The aim of the conference is to bring these researchers together to discuss what is known about psychology of architecture and the built environment more broadly.

We hope to draw attention to this understudied but crucial area of research and to inspire further cross-disciplinary research. The conference will be open to the public with the aim of disseminating empirically driven design insights to students, architects, builders, designers, and policy makers; we hope to encourage these decision makers to think about the psychological impact of the physical spaces they create and manage.

Conference Goals:

  • To feature the most current, rigorous, and innovative research on the psychology of architecture and interior spaces

  • To emphasize the importance of the built environment on psychological processes

  • To disseminate empirically-driven design insights to students, practitioners, and policy makers in the field

  • To create a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion among individuals at a variety of career levels

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