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Volunteer Architectural Technologist , archiGRAD

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Behind Closed Doors: How are buildings influencing our behaviour and wellbeing!?

Would you like to know how the buildings that we spend 90% of our lives in are impacting on our behaviour and wellbeing! Please take the time to fill out our survey and contribute to the research.

I'm an undergraduate passionate about how spaces dictate user wellbeing, and believe with research we can provide results that can inform architects and alike to make active design choices that could greater improve individuals and society experiences whilst deterring away from what could be bring us down!

We appreciate your time to take the survey, every respondent counts, and if you would like to make any additional comments on the topic please feel free.

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/850761/Behind-Closed-Doors-A-live-Work-and-Play-Survey

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  • Mar 17 2012: This gentleman was at the TED conferance in 2006 as a Prize Winner. and may be worth the time to research. : Cameron Sinclair (b. 1973, London, England) is the co-founder and 'chief eternal optimist' (CEO) for Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization which seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need.

    I learned carpentry out of highschool. I have built many homes from the ground up and eventually did blueprint reading and estimating. When the economy took a dive in 2006 (United States) I went back to school for emergency medicine. I gained an EMT license and began working in the back of an ambulance. It was the hardest transition of my life. I went from total freedom, walking on 2x4 truss tops and girders in summer sun and cool breeze to a cave with flourescent lights and hard plastic surfaces rolling down the street. Total SHOCK! Im still trying to make sense of it all.
    • Mar 18 2012: Thanks John for your your recommendation! I watched his 'open source architecture' talk over breakfast this morning, was very insightful. Definitely something that I will look deeper into. I am interested to find out how architects and alike know how their designs impact on a person behaviour and wellbeing, is this taught in education or just an innate process? I believe that if science can research into how buildings affect their occupiers then the evidence can inform architects to design more effective spaces with regards to our behaviour and wellbeing, whilst deterring away from what might be having a negative impact on us. The Academy of Neuroscience and Architecture (Neuroarchitecture) seems to be actively investigating similar theories.

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