Social and Cultural Processes in Architecture and Urban Design

The course focuses on the significance of the physical environment in human life as citizens and as future design professionals and it introduces students to the field of human-environment studies. It shows how the social sciences and design can be mutually engaged, enriching the context for design evaluation and critique. 

Social and Cultural Processes in Architecture and Urban Design, UC Berkeley (Fall 2014), GSI

 The objectives of this course are:

  • Developing a working knowledge of the concepts and theoretical frameworks in people–environment relations; 
  • Learning to use the methodological skills needed to conduct architectural programming and post-occupancy evaluation research;
  • Thinking critically about the values embedded in design and the consequences for people and their behavior.