Aligning Design with Allied Fields

Environmental Psychology

Architecture is one of the few fields which takes inference from every discipline to ensure the most optimum solution. Although popularised as a perfect blend of aesthetics and technology, architecture touches lives - It sets the backdrop for events and occasions in people's lives. However, this quality - to make or mar experiences, is often ignored. Architecture should observe, study and weigh the impact of various design alternatives on environment, market, society and individual lives. This course focuses on the design of Spaces from the perspective of Human emotions, actions and reactions.

Course takeaways

  • Use concepts in core psychology to rationally resolve design problems

  • Learn to apply psychology right from developing briefs, to circulation diagrams, to the final design of spaces

  • Develop understanding of cross disciplinary thinking process

Environmental Psychology: A fun Introduction

Sneak peek inside the course


Sonam Ambe

Lead Instructor

B.Arch(Sir J. J. College of Architecture) M.Phil (IIT Bombay) Following her education in architecture, Sonam turned towards the social sciences to comprehend holistic influences of built environment on people. She was felicitated with the Best Teacher’s Award (2016) by Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture and has received research grants from the Indian Ministry of Culture in 2017, Saint Gobain Scholarships in 2018, and the Sahapedia | UNESCO Fellowship in 2018.

Objective for the course

The course aims at revisiting the core rationales of design from a human-centric approach and understand the impact of design and planning on behaviour of people.  We shall study the effects of continuous physical settings on various aspects of behavior.

Framework of the course

The basic framework for the course pivots on Personal space, territoraility, privacy, crowding, and small group ecology. Every design will be studied from these lenses. 

Methodology followed

The course will follow case-centric approach. Here we will study architectural cases to understand the experientiality of spaces. We shall discuss the good, the bad and the ugly practices in design to study the rationale behind those practices.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the ACEDGE Interface

    • Hellllo!

    • How to use the platform?

  • 2

    Psychology behind Designs

    • Environmental Psychology- A fun introduction

    • PDF: Environmental Psychology- A fun introduction

    • Fundamentals and Conundrum

    • PDF: Fundamentals and Conundrum

    • Leonard Krasner (Eds.) - Environmental Design and Human Behavior. A Psychology of the Individual in Society (1980, Pergamon Press)

    • Handbook-of-Environmental-Psychology-2002-en-740s-

  • 3

    Psychological concepts in Design

    • Psychological concepts- Part 1

    • PDF: Psychological concepts- Part 1

    • Psychological concepts- Part 2

    • PDF: Psychological concepts- Part 2

    • Psychological concepts- Part 3

    • PDF: Psychological concepts- Part 3

    • Psychological concepts- Part 4

    • Psychological concepts- Part 4

    • Assignment and Discussion

  • 4


    • Proxemics: An Introduction

    • PDF: Promemics

    • Apple Pie Proxemics_ Edward T. Hall in the Kitchen Work Triangle

    • Assignment and Discussion

  • 5

    Applications for four Design Typologies

    • Design of Offices

    • PDF: Design of Offices

    • Design of Prisons

    • PDF: Design of Prisons

    • Housing Design

    • PDF: Housing Design

    • Campus Designs

    • PDF: Campus Designs

    • Assignment and discussion

  • 6

    Inspiring TED Talks

    • Bringing Back Emotion and Intimacy in Architecture - Adrian Bica - TEDxRyersonU

    • Shaping Behavior Through Intentional Design- Jeff Sharpe at TEDxAustin

    • Architecture and the Science of the Senses - Stefan Behling - TEDxGoodenoughCollege

    • Architecture and the Science of the Senses - Stefan Behling - TEDxGoodenoughCollege

    • Cubicles don't work. How architectural design affects your brain - Scott Wyatt - TEDxSeattle

    • Melody Warnick- This is Where You Belong- The Art and Science of Loving Where You Live

  • 7


    • Seminal Studies

    • TEKTON Sep 2014: Study of Crowding and Coping in Ladies compartment in Mumbai Local

  • 8

    Future Prospects

    • Institutions with Masters

  • 9

    Aligning Design with Allied Fields

    • Me, Myself and My surroundings

    • Details of Aligning Design with Allied Fields

    • Details of Aligning Design with Allied Fields

  • 10

    Next Steps

    • Quick Survey

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