Human Inhabitation of Architectural Spaces


Funded by the 2018 Faculty Research Grant Scheme, the team of Roetzel, DeKay, Sakai Kidd, Zinkiewicz and Klas created the project "An Integral Sustainable Design Approach to Human Inhabitation of Architectural Spaces." The team ran a successful data collection workshop in March 2018 with Mark Dekay and Susanne Bennett, who joined the School as visiting scholars. This allowed the Deakin-based project team from the School of Architecture and Built Environment as well as the School of Psychology to collaborate with Mark on this project.
The data collection workshop involved the recording of participants' subjective experiences of an architectural space using wearable cameras, measurements of indoor environmental parameters, semi-structured interviews and architectural analysis of the case study spaces. The data analysis is in progress and outcomes so far are preliminary results, and includes a first proposal for an all quadrant all levels (AQAL) approach to human inhabitation of architectural spaces, subsequently presented at the Integral European Conference in May 2018 in Hungary.



Best [Creative] Academic Paper Award


Mark DeKay's paper, "Designing Relationships to Nature: Five Narratives to Solve the Climate Crisis," won the Best Academic Paper Award for creativity at the Integral European Conference 2018 in Siofok, Hungary. The full paper is available on The primary investigation of the paper is the question: How can architects address climate change by designing to place people into rich and significant relationships with Nature? The point is that we experience Nature mostly via buildings, where we spend 90% of our time. If people experience Nature and natural forces in buildings more profoundly, they can develop a relationship with Nature that leads to caring for it. There are many multiple world views operating simultaneously, and each sees Nature differently. The architecture that connects people to Nature will exhibit their varying world views.

Best Academic Paper [Applied Theory] Award

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Our team's paper, “An Integral Sustainable Design Approach to Human Inhabitation of Architectural Spaces: Theory and Project Design,” was presented at the Integral European Conference 2018 in Siofok, Hungary and won the Best Academic Paper Award for Applied Theory. The full paper can be found on Authors include UT Professor Mark DeKay, Astrid Roetzel, Akari Nakai Kidd, Lucy Zinkiewicz and Anna Klas all from Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. This paper presents an integrally‐informed, Wilber‐influenced approach to expanding the study of occupant behaviour beyond building science. This research project develops an integral methodology for transdisciplinary inquiry of occupants' experience and action in architectural space, with regard to their experience of nature and natural forces. Each of he four major perspectives has two research questions; each question is a method from architectural design, building science, cultural theory, place phenomenology or social psychology. Our hypothesis is that spatial‐temporal patterns can serve as an integrating frame among diverse perspectives.

Mark DeKay honored with University of Tennessee Chancellor's Research and Creative Achievement Award

Prof. Mark DeKay

Prof. Mark DeKay

Given to senior faculty in recognition of excellence in research, scholarship and creative achievement. The purpose of these awards is to recognize tenured faculty members who have received national and/or international recognition in their field, to stimulate research and creative achievement and to emphasize that faculty research and creative achievement are integral to the mission of the University of Tennessee.

Read the full announcement here.