Changes in the Psychology of Design: Rethinking Space

Gain insight into how designers will rethink the physical space and respond to new challenges around health, safety, mental health, and well-being in the built environment.

Our attitudes toward space, both virtual and physical, are changing as we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic – but how will they transform further post-COVID? Designers have an opportunity to enter the COVID conversation and demonstrate the profession’s value through the development of healthy, innovative spaces. Leading experts Sally Augustin, Ph.D., Lida Lewis, ASID, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador, and Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP, analyze challenges designers may tackle in future spaces and investigate the profession’s role in implementing change. 

This is a recording of a webinar presented on April 20, 2020.


What You Will Learn
  • Explain environmental psychology concepts and design theories (e.g., proxemics, place attachment, sense of belonging). 
  • Identify differences in virtual and physical space, the interconnections between the two, and health and wellness considerations for each. 
  • Discuss potential changes in the psychology of design and strategic approaches for future design.
  • Apply design considerations and strategies relevant to post-COVID world. 
Continuing Education Approvals 
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-111327
    • Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf.

Access Period: One year from registration date. 

Sally Augustin, Ph.D.

Principal, Design with Science

Sally Augustin, Ph.D., is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, and physical outcomes/experiences. Her clients include design firms, manufacturers, and service providers worldwide. Dr. Augustin, who is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the editor of Research Design Connections, a monthly newsletter with daily blog, that reports and synthesizes (in everyday language) the findings of recent and classic research in neuroscience, cognitive science, and other social sciences that are useful to designers. Dr. Augustin is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A., Economics major), Northwestern University (MBA, majors in Finance and Marketing), and Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D., Psychology). 

Lida Lewis, ASID, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador

Lida is an architect by training and interior architect in practice with a focus on sustainability and design’s impact on people. She utilizes 18+ years of expertise to spearhead thought leadership on incorporating the best of public health research into tangible design strategies. Currently serving on the global WELL Mind Concept advisory, she was invited to serve on the IWBI COVID 19 Task Force and ASID Codes and Standards Committee, and is an ASID “One to Watch”.  A firm believer that the design of space has a profound impact on wellbeing, she leverages design to elevate the occupant experience.

Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP

Senior Vice President, International WELL Building Institute

Standing at the nexus of public health research and the places and spaces where we spend our lives, Whitney Austin Gray has become one of the leading global voices for improving our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. As senior vice president at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), she leads research that supports best practices in building design and operations, community development and organizational policies that can contribute to improved public health for everyone, everywhere. She led the development of the first WELL AP exam, WELL Faculty Program, and the first case studies focused on the efficacy of the WELL Building Standard, helping to launch more than 100 educational sessions related to WELL in 25+ countries. Her lectures, webcasts, trainings and published works have touched tens of thousands design and health professionals worldwide, building a strong infrastructure of support for those who work to advance better buildings, vibrant communities and stronger organizations.

Susan Chung, Ph.D. (Moderator)

Director of Research and Knowledge Management, ASID

Susan Chung, Ph.D., focuses on the impact of design research. She connects design with research to improve human experiences in the interior environment, translates research into applicable design implications, and conducts research projects that create meaningful positive impacts. She comes from an interior design background, holding a BA from Michigan State University and an MID from the University of Florida. She integrated interior design with behavioral research for her doctorate degree in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University, with a focus on design attributes related to creativity in workplace environments.

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