Course Outcomes

  • 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

Course Brief

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 Mentor

Sonam Ambe

Chief-In-Pedagogy, Acedge | 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.

Environmental Psychology: A fun Introduction

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Course Benefits

  • Earn a certificate upon completion

  • Set your own pace and start learning any time, from anywhere in the world.

  • Course Videos, Readings and Graded Assignments with feedback

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Course Curriculum

The entire course is divided into 8modules. Every module is divided into multiple short lectures of 7-15 minutes. Modules consist of assignments, MCQs, additional resources with an interactive interface that will enrich the student’s learning experience. 

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

  • 1

    Welcome and Introduction

    • Hello to Psychology Behind Designs

    • How to use the platform?

  • 2

    Module 1: Psychology Behind Designs

    • Lecture 1.1: Environmental Psychology

    • Lecture 1.1: Presentation

    • Lecture 1.2: Fundamentals and Conundrum

    • Lecture 1.2: Presentation

    • Resource 1: Leonard Krasner (Eds.) - Environmental Design and Human Behavior. A Psychology of the Individual in Society (1980, Pergamon Press)

    • Resource 2: Handbook-of-Environmental-Psychology-2002

  • 3

    Module 2: Psychological Concepts in Design

    • Lecture 2.1: Psychological concepts - Part 1

    • Lecture 2.1: Presentation

    • Lecture 2.2: Psychological concepts- Part 2

    • Lecture 2.2: Presentation

    • Lecture 2.3: Psychological concepts - Part 3

    • Lecture 2.3: Presentation

    • Lecture 2.4: Psychological concepts - Part 4

    • Lecture 2.4: Presentation

    • Assignment and Discussion

  • 4

    Module 3: Proxemics

    • Lecture 3.1: Proxemics- An Introduction

    • Lecture 3.1: Presentation

    • Resource 1: Apple Pie Proxemics_ Edward T. Hall in the Kitchen Work Triangle

    • Assignment and Discussion

  • 5

    Module 4: Applications for four Design Typologies

    • Lecture 4.1: Design of Offices

    • Lecture 4.1: Presentation

    • Lecture 4.2: Design of Prisons

    • Lecture 4.2: Presentation

    • Lecture 4.3: Housing Design

    • Lecture 4.3: Presentation

    • Lecture 4.4: Campus Designs

    • Lecture 4.4: Presentation

    • 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

    • 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

    Future Prospects

    • Institutions with Masters

  • 8


    • Seminal Studies

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

  • 9

    Next Steps

    • Quick Survey

    • How to get your Certificate