The following paper seeks to investigate the use of Architectural Psychology within the landscape of Psychology when trying to grasp the reciprocity between people and their physical surroundings within the office design. In the first part of the paper the theoretical foundation is outlined through a variety of theories, research discussions and conclusions related to Environmental and Architectural Psychology. The paper focuses on a tripartition in the question of which factors influence the employees in their office space: physical stimuli, physical structures and the social sphere. In the next part the case study of KAB, Københavns Almindelige Boligselskab, is presented where employees from both open planned and closed offices constitutes the interviewees. The paper’s main empiri is five semi-structured interviews that include a photo-interview method. The empircal data is collected and analysed to gain an understanding of the use of Architectural Psychology. This leads to the third part of the paper where the results from the interviews are presented and together with the analysis they’re combined with the theoretical findings of the tripartition. Afterwards the discussion is carried out providing an overview of how the social psychology and perception psychology is reflected within Architectural Psychology. A critical contemplation of the methods used in the paper is presented and finally the conclusion finds that there is no problem in Architectural Psychology containing both social psychology and perception psychology, which leads to the perspective. Here it is considered whether Architectural Psychology is a field within Psychology or a designation for the Psychological paradigms dealing with the reciprocity between people and the physical built surroundings.
|Educations||Psychology, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate|
|Publication date||8 Jun 2015|