Psychological Architecture

Previously, I had commented on temporary housing and brought up psychological needs stemming from Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. I am continuing this concept a bit further.

Architecture can fall into several categories in Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. It can be a simple shelter, but also under esteem needs when people purchase and construct eloquent homes as a way of showing their feeling of accomplishment. This becomes an interesting subject when it comes to defining architecture. Some may argue it from the basic needs level, others from psychological needs, and still for others it goes into the self-fulfillment needs level–which is self-actualization.


Since architecture is able to manipulate people on such minor scales, should not architecture professionals take the psychology of the human mind into consideration? In the era of inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary studies, why is it so rare to hear psychological studies done from an architectural standpoint? There have been a few cases in which architectural psychology relationships are discovered, but this should become more prevalent in architectural studies and training. The psychology and architecture departments should join forces and start making architectural psychology courses.

Since we spend so much time indoors, should there not be more studies done to enhance the spaces? I say psychology should become more integrated with architecture.




One comment

  1. Elizabeth Weitz

    I completely agree! From the first classes that I started taking on architecture, that was one of the same things that I have always thought! But because architectural-psychology courses don’t exist for us to take, I veered away from the thought of studying both architecture and psychology – seemed a bit too much. One of the first things that we are always told in introductory classes is “Look at the setup of this room! It is so wrong – it teaches us that the professor instructs and that the student listens, and that dialogue is not promoted! How unfortunate for a teaching environment :(“. We also always talk about how we want people to experience certain feelings when in a space. HOW are we supposed to do that if everything is based on assumption and not science? Glad someone feels the same way.

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