Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Mitchell Wright

Mitchell Wright


Environmental Psychology is concerned with the impact our surroundings have on our mental well-being. This project is a case study and design response to real combination of comorbid psychological conditions. It aims to create an environment that carefully balances protection from triggers and gentle exposure as a complimentary part of professional treatment. Readiness to help those in need is important but is difficult to maintain. If we begin to design opportunities for growth into our dwellings – we could influence mental health and well-being for the better.

Considering what the client wants while also creating a design response to what the user needs.

Mitchell Wright


Environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the relationship between individuals and their built and natural surroundings with specific emphasis on the well-being of the user.

This project is a self-guided, practice-based research thesis that combines literature reviews and analysis, professional insight and direct ethnographic input to design a response to a single person’s co-morbid psychological conditions. In this way, it critiques the 'architectural brief' and aims to satiate the need for a deeper understanding of the client.

Incorporating research from psychology, neuroscience, industrial and universal design as well as occupational therapy to design specific responses to an occupant – this project aims to deliver personalised responses that nourish, restore and support the user throughout traditional health care avenues in order to reduce the need for clinical intervention.

Where appointments regarding mental health care can be infrequent or even considered a symptomatic trigger in their own right, shelter and architecture can be a constant, passive, challenging and supportive part of the journey towards improved well-being.