Research seminar - Approaches to human-centric architectural spaces

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Research seminar - Approaches to human-centric architectural spaces
Some research in our section has been focussing on finding new ways to align built environment/architectural spaces to human needs. In order to enhance our discussion and exchange with other researchers in the field on such activities, I have invited Dr. Astrid Roetzel from Deakin University, Australia. Dr. Astrid Roetzel is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Built Environment and has been doing research in human built environment interaction. Therefore, the research seminar will be hold online via Teams or Zoom (will be descided soon). A short Bio and an abstract of Astrid's talk are given below the programme.
Here is the programme:
12:30 Welcome (Moderator: Runa T. Hellwig)
12:35 Astrid Roetzel: An integral approach to human inhabitation – lessons from a pilot project
13:05 Moderated discussion
13:20 Runa T. Hellwig: An approach to designing indoor environmental behaviour options for occupants
13:35 Discussion on the overall topic: challenges, needs, methodologies
14:00 End of research seminar
Abstract: An integral approach to human inhabitation – lessons from a pilot project by Astrid Roetzel
The interaction of people and the built environment is dynamic and subject to various interdependencies and interrelationships. In a pilot project we have employed a multi‐perspectival inquiry into how occupants experience and behave in architectural spaces. Using the theoretical approach of Integral Sustainable Design (ISD), as well as the methodological framework of Integral Methodological Pluralism (IMP) we examined student’s selection of a preferred place to study from the perspectives of behaviours, experiences, systems and cultures and bringing together the disciplines architectural design theory, architectural science and psychology and electrical engineering.
The results indicate that participant’s preferences emerged out of either personal or collective cultural narratives. The integral approach was useful to identify collective preference patterns as well as deviations from these and to understand why they occur. Important influences on participant’s selection of their preferred place to study were spatial characteristics, in particular a balance of prospect and refuge as well as local microclimate, individual past experiences, and the nature of the given task in this case study. The Integral Methodological approach was helpful to navigate the different methodological approaches and quality standards from different disciplines and to reveal findings which would not be accessible from a single domain approach.
Dr. Astrid Roetzel is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. With a background in architecture, her research and teaching is centred around environmental implications of human interaction with the built environment. Aims are to foster human-nature experiences, shape environmental values, use resources responsibly, and respond to place. Her current research specifically investigates the interplay of occupant action logic, cultural narratives, energy performance as well as spatial architectural and climatic context. Astrid is a formal Australian participant of International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) - Annex 79 - Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation as well as Annex 66 - Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings.
Period11 Nov 2020
Event typeSeminar
LocationAalborg, DenmarkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Architecture
  • integral approach
  • integrated design
  • human centred design
  • human perception
  • human building interaction
  • behaviour
  • adaptive opportunities