Structuring the environmental experience design research framework through selected aged care facility data analyses in Victoria

Nan Ma, Hing wah Chau, Jin Zhou, Masa Noguchi

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Humans relate to the living environment physically and psychologically. Environmental psychology has a rich developed history while experience design emerged recently in the industrial design domain. Nonetheless, these approaches have barely been merged, understood or implemented in architectural design practices. This study explored the correlation between experience design and environmental psychology. Moreover, it conducted literature reviews on theories about emotion, user experience design, experience design and environmental psychology, followed by the analyses of spatial settings and environmental quality data of a selected aged care facility in Victoria, Australia, as a case study. Accordingly, this study led to proposing a research framework on environmental experience design (EXD). It can be defined as a deliberate attempt that affiliates experience design and environmental psychology with creation of the built environment that should accommodate user needs and demands. The EXD research framework proposed in this study was tailored for transforming related design functions into the solutions that contribute to improving the built environment for user health and wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2172
Number of pages16
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged care facilities
  • Architectural design
  • Environmental experience design
  • Environmental psychology
  • EXD research framework matrix
  • Function analysis
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • User experience design

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