Human Perception, Well-being and Behaviour in Indoor Built Environments

Hellwig, R. T. (Organizer), Astrid Roetzel (Participant), Hannah Pallubinsky (Participant)

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Building professionals’ interest has been to design buildings which are positively perceived by their occupants and enable them exerting certain tasks or inhabiting these spaces. How this should be done has been subject of changing trends. Technological developments have been one of the drivers in this process. In recent years research has gained more and more insight in how architecture, i.e. the indoor built environment, the interplay of usage, occupancy, indoor space design and technologies influences how humans feel, perform and behave in these environments. An increasing number of post-occupancy studies has been showing that the individual perception of spaces is in some cases quite different from the planners’ intention. Starting with e.g. work on the sick building syndrome in the 1980ies, resent studies on e.g. the degree of personal control in indoor environments have provided more knowledge on the impact context and non-quantifiable factors have on human well-being and perception. Experiments on how human perceive indoor spaces using methods from neuroscience offer completely new approaches to investigate which impact indoor built environment design can have on humans. Furthermore, monitoring of demonstration buildings, e.g. zero emission or plus energy buildings, has provided the insight that the energy performance of buildings is highly connected to how humans behave in these buildings. There is more and more findings supporting that this behaviour is driven by the perception of indoor built environment settings. Aiming at more sustainable ways of living our knowledge on how indoor built environment practice drives human behaviour is paramount. Aalborg University’s Architecture and Urban Design section has been focussing on integrated design approaches in order to research and design for human-centred indoor built environments.

Guest lectures by: Dr. Astrid Roetzel, Senior lecturer Deakin University, Dr. Hannah Pallubinsky, Post-Doc, Maastricht University
Internal lecturers (CREATE): Prof. Runa T. Hellwig, Asociat Prof. Lars Brorson Fich, Associate Prof. Camilla Brunsgaard, Zakaria Djebbara, PhD, Post-Doc
Period11 Nov 202018 Nov 2020
Event typeCourse
LocationAalborg, Denmark


  • human centred design
  • human perception
  • methodologies
  • physiology
  • health
  • behaviour
  • personal control