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We're eager for psychologists' work

The November article "Design in Mind" was left behind after a Thanksgiving visit by my psychologist parent for her architect son to look over. It sat there for a bit, amid fears that the thinking among the design disciplines is out of date or the language would be too erudite. Thanks to the writer for clearly sharing an update on current thinking in your discipline.

After reading it, I think psychologists could be generating and sharing more research that builds upon the design canon to help designers do their work. Specific research could also further develop the architect's intuition and empathy. Architects, interior designers and landscape architects often choose their vocation with the belief that our constructed environment can be improved toward human health and well-being.

Colleges of architecture, too, have promoted critical thinking in the designed experience of space for well over 30 years. The inoperable window or other limits to natural human experience has been a bugaboo in any critique of new work. The medieval public square has long been a precedent for the emerging designer to learn so they can positively affect future public space.

Construction is monumentally expensive and buildings long-lasting. We're all waiting to adapt the city, the building, and the interior space into humane environments. We're eager to have the psychologists' work incorporated into our own to reach a shared goal.

Lee Peters
Registered architect
Boston Architectural College


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