architectural psychology

"A building is a kind of memory [...] that provides a lasting framework for one's own actions and for those of others." (A. Lang, 1985)

Architectural psychology can be described as a branch of environmental or ecological psychology. This deals with the psychological processes of the interaction between man and his environment, as for example spatial perception, spatial thinking, orientation behaviour, or spatial experience, territorial behaviour, living requirements and satisfaction, local identity.

We have made a particular study of therapeutic environments (hospitals, retirement and nursing homes). Patients and people requiring care have specific physical and psychological needs, so they need specially-designed spaces to promote recovery, convalescence, autonomy and quality of life.

For further information see Literature and EDRA links.