Human Environments Relations

This subject illustrates the research and body of work which links human behaviour to the design of the built environment. It explores the history of the body of work with a focus on the evidence of the interaction between humans and environment with a case study focus on education and health facilities.


A case study approach is taken to develop insights into ways human environment interaction can be understood and how such information can be used to inform the evidence based design of facilities for learning and health care. The course requires some pre-reading on theories of human environment interaction.


Learning outcomes

Students will develop the following competencies through the study of this elective:

  • Insight into theories of human environment relations/interaction;
  • Understanding of the body of research into human environment relations and it application in evidence based design;
  • Appreciation of the implications of the above for briefing and the design of the built environment;
  • Knowledge of research methods in human environment relations.
  • Communication in written, diagrammatic and verbal forms;
  • Cross disciplinary engagement;
  • Collaborative team work;
  • Personal research project development and execution.

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Banner: Learning Environments Spatial Lab (LESL) at the University of Melbourne, Architectus in association with LEaRN. Photo by Ian Davidson.