Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Mitchell Wright

Mitchell Wright

ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY - CASE STUDY + DESIGN RESPONSE

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

residential ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY -

CASE STUDY + DESIGN RESPONSE

Residential Environmental Psychology: A Case Study + Design Response is a self-guided, practice-based research thesis that combines literature reviews, professional insight and direct ethnographic input to design a response to a single person’s co-morbid psychological condition. In this way, it critiques the 'architectural brief' and suggests a need for a deeper understanding of the client.

This project references fields outside of architecture such as psychology and occupational therapy to design for those suffering from a mental illness or condition. It aims to inform responses that nourish and restore these individuals during traditional mental health care avenues in order to reduce the need for clinical intervention.