Architecture, Culture, & Behavior 

The Architecture, Culture, and Behavior concentration investigates the social, cultural, political, and psychological dimensions of designed environments within a broad interdisciplinary framework, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches. Within this concentration, students could inquire into a variety of research questions related to diverse types of architectural, urban, and geographical settings. Research topics may include, among others, issues related to: architectural education; housing and community designs; social justice in design; psychological aspects in designed environments ; programming and post-occupancy evaluation of designed environments; nexus between organizational culture and space; architectural and urban morphology; social aspects in sustainable design; cultural heritage preservation and management; traditional settlement studies; urban design and development; and international development and globalization.

Students are highly encouraged to pursue advanced theory and methodology courses offered in the fields of humanities and social sciences, in addition to those offered in the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, in order to develop an interdisciplinary intellectual context for their research inquiries.  A list of recommended courses is given here (provide a link to the list of recommended courses here).

The faculty members serving on the committees of our students in this area are:

  • Dr. Hui Cai
  • Dr. Farhan Karim
  • Dr. Marie-Alice L’Heureux
  • Dr. Mahbub Rashid
  • Dr. Kapila Silva
  • Prof. Kent Spreckelmeyer, D. Arch., FAIA