David  Seamon Author of Evaluating Organization Development

David Seamon

Professor of Environment-Behavior & Place Studies
Department of Architecture, Kansas State University

David Seamon PhD, 1977) is a Professor of Environment-Behavior and Place Studies in the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Trained in behavioral geography and environment-behavior research, he is interested in a phenomenological approach to place, architecture, environmental experience, and environmental design as place making. His latest book is LIFE TAKES PLACE: PHENOMENOLOGY, LIFEWORLDS AND PLACE MAKING (Routledge, 2018).


David Seamon is an environment-behavior researcher and Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. His research and writings focus on the ways that the natural and built environments contribute to human well-being. Key themes in which Seamon is interested include:
• Human aspects of design;
• Place and place-making;
• The nature of environmental and architectural experience;
• Environmental and architectural aesthetics;
• Artistic media as a means for understanding environment, place, and nature;
• Christopher Alexander’s theory and practice of wholeness;
• Bill Hillier’s "space syntax," especially as the approach helps to understand human co-presence, encounter, and place regularity;
• The "phenomenology of nature" developed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe;
• Phenomenology as a method of inquiry in the human sciences and environment-behavior research.

Seamon’s books include: A Geography of the Lifeworld; Dwelling, Place and Environment (edited with Robert Mugerauer); Dwelling, Seeing, and Designing; and Goethe’s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature (edited with Arthur Zajonc). He edits Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, which in 2014 marked twenty-five years of publication. www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    environment-behavior research, humanistic geography, environmental & architectural phenomenology, Goethean science, phenomenology, heremeneutics


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