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 Academia.edu. 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.