Research Design Connections


Research Conversations

Why do some places feel homelike but not others?  Scientists have thoroughly investigated the answer to this question and what they’ve learned should inform the work of designers developing not only homes, but also spaces such as workplaces, dormitories, hotels, hospitals, and stores.  

Semi-transparent wall

Spiritual/religious experiences can enhance our wellbeing and cognitive scientists have identified attributes of spiritually confortable spaces. Research consistently shows that places that support positive religious/spiritual encounters improve users’ lives.

Central Park sidewalk

Corridors and sidewalks channel the movement of human beings.  Insights drawn from research in the social and physical sciences indicates that their design has a significant effect on where people end up, physically and mentally. 

From Oscar statuettes to the Lincoln Memorial to the Elgin Marbles and beyond, sculptures are often focal elements in our lives.   But how does sculpture influence how we think and behave in a space?  The answers to this question have been extensively researched.  

PlaceCoach News Briefs

An engaging cubicle

Placement, quantity, and design all matter


Spaces that align with current roles/functions

Another important guide from the British Council for Offices

Straightforward ways to encourage student creativity

Design sends consistent messages

More nuanced understanding of curved, angular effects

Presentation mode influences enjoyment

Book Reviews


Making positive experiences in the physical world more likely

Recognizing and respecting culture in a useful new way

Design at Work


The Petrie European Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a refreshing urban oasis.