Social Science and Architecture Committee



The Social Science and Architecture Committee was formed January 2016 with the goal of bringing professionals and students together from architecture and social science fields as well as many other fields to discuss, collaborate, and facilitate programs for the community. 



Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA (Co-Chair) 

(646) 820-2248

Evie Klein, Assoc. AIA (Co-Chair)

(917) 445-3947  


Meeting Dates and Places

The Committee meets monthly and is open to anyone who would like to attend.

The meeting offers a place and time to exchange ideas related to social science and architecture and other topics from the wide range of perspectives in attendance. A large portion of the meeting is dedicated to brainstorming ideas for and planning panels to be conducted at the AIA.

Upcoming meeting dates (held the first Wednesday of every month):

2016 Events 

February 23, 2016, Program x Program x Program   

April 20, 2016, Exploring the Past, Defining the Future

May 31, 2016, Connecting Research and Age-Friendly Design 

June 8, 2016, The Education of the Architect: Incorporating Social Science

September 19, 2016, Designing for People Using Evidence: LEED, WELL, What's Next? 

October 18, 2016, Walk the Talk: An Example of Successful Social Science an Design Integration

December 5, 2016, I Love this Place! Exceptional Design Driven by Social Research


Links and Resources


Join the Committee's Meetup page to stay up to date about upcoming events. 

Additional Resources: 


Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental/design psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating insights—drawn from environmental/design psychology, other social/physical sciences, and project-specific research—both qualitative and quantitative—to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, and physical experiences. Sally is the editor of Research Design Connections, a monthly subscription newsletter and free daily blog, where recent and classic research in the social, design, and physical sciences that can inform designers’ work are presented in straightforward language.  Readers learn about the latest research findings immediately, before they’re available elsewhere. Sally, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the author of Place Advantage:  Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley, 2009) and, with Cindy Coleman, The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research:  Applying Knowledge to Inform Design (Wiley, 2012). 



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