With Ruth Hynes, Atkins and
Michael Proulx, University of Bath
Work plays an influential role on our lives, and the quality of working environments can have considerable impact on our health and wellbeing. Atkins’ recently collaborated with the Departments of Psychology at University of Bath and Bath Spa University on new ways in which we can study psychological responses to workplace design.
Michael PUsing virtual reality environments and Visual Spatial Perspective Taking (VSPT) tasks to assess cognitive responses and spatial awareness, these studies have provided further insight into the complex relationships between different spatial attributes and different methods that can be used in design research.
As the future of the workplace continues to be driven by flexibility and openness, our presentation will discuss the use of Virtual Reality and psychological tests in design research, the opportunities for applying these methods to design optioneering tools, and the challenges facing design communities when using new technological methods.
Ruth Hynes is a Design Researcher working with Atkins Architecture & Masterplanning practice. Ruth’s role is divided between supporting research initiatives and working with design teams, with a focus on evidence based design and user experience in buildings. After gaining her Architectural qualifications in 2012 Ruth has worked on a number of stakeholder engagement and research projects. Ruth is passionate about evidence based design and the role of data in creating more user-centric buildings, working on the development of Atkins’ award winning Human-Centred Design toolkit, with a particular focus on a briefing tool which provides a data driven and digital approach to tailored user engagement.
Michael J. Proulx is Reader in Psychology and Director of the Crossmodal Cognition Lab at the University of Bath. He is also Co-Director of the REVEAL Research Centre (REal & Virtual Environments Augmentation Labs) and part of the Centre for Digital Entertainment in the Department of Computer Science. He received his BSc in Psychology from Arizona State University and his MA and PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Michael was a postdoctoral research fellow in Duesseldorf, Germany, and a Lecturer in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London before moving to Bath. He is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science of the American Psychological Association and Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation