1st Edition

Environmental and Architectural Psychology The Basics

By Ian Donald Copyright 2022
    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Environmental and Architectural Psychology: The Basics is a jargon-free and accessible introduction to the relationship between people and their natural and built environment.

    Exploring everything from the effectiveness of open plan offices to how people respond to life-threatening disasters, the book addresses issues around sustainability, climate change, and behaviour, and is grounded in theory and ideas drawn from psychology, geography, and architecture. Author Ian Donald introduces both the theoretical underpinnings and the applications of environment-behaviour research to solving real world problems, encouraging readers to reflect on the role of design and policy in shaping the environments in which they live and work. With chapters considering the impact of environment on identity, wellbeing, crime, and spatial behaviour, Donald shows us not only how people shape and affect the environment, but also in turn how the environment shapes and affects people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

    Addressing some of the most important questions of our time, including how behaviour drives climate change, and what we can do about it, this is the ideal book for anyone interested in the interactions between architecture, the environment, and psychology.


    Chapter 1. Introduction and Brief History of Environmental and Architectural Psychology

    Chapter 2. Place, Place Identity, and Place Attachment

    Chapter 3. Spatial Behaviour: Crowding, Privacy, Personal Space, and Territoriality

    Chapter 4. Behaviour During Disasters and Emergencies

    Chapter 5. Crime, Environment, and Geographical Profiling

    Chapter 6. Therapeutic, Supportive, and Restorative Environments

    Chapter 7. Office Environments

    Chapter 8. Environmental Sustainability and Pro-Environmental Behaviour


    Ian Donald is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, UK, where he was previously Head of the School of Psychology. He was International Co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology for ten years and on the Editorial Advisory Board for 25 years. Ian is an active researcher and has taught Environmental Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the UK and abroad.

    "It is really exciting to see this book. At a time when environmental psychology is moving more towards addressing important and challenging issues of sustainability some of the fields critical contributions to architectural psychology can sometimes be left behind. This book brings some of the key concepts, models and theories within the field of Architectural Psychology into the 21stcentury and shows that these are still key concepts with significant importance in today’s world – both from a scientific and practical perspective. This book is an important read for psychologists, architects, designers and environmentalists alike. I will certainly recommend it as essential reading to our Environmental Psychology masters and PhD students." - Professor Birgitta Gatersleben, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Director of Environmental Psychology Research Group, Programme Leader for MSc Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey, UK

    "This book provides the ingredients for understanding human behaviour in its broadest social and spatial dimensions. The author draws on his years of accumulated scientific experience, presenting environmental psychology’s interpretation of human behaviour in many settings. Each topic opens a conversation in which the meanings of spatial behaviour in different contexts are discussed. In doing this, the reader is given a harmonious, pertinent and challenging analysis of current environmental and urban issues. This is an expertly constructed reference book for both present and future generations of environmental psychologists." - Professor Ricardo García Mira, Professor of Social Psychology, Leader of the People-Environment Research Group, Universidade da Coruña, Spain. University of Bath, in the United Kingdom, for the period 2016-2020