THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 

Our physical environments play a central role in our ability to effectively negotiate our daily lives. Whether trying to write a manuscript, go on a first date, or relax after a long day at work, our environments can shape and constrain our behaviors. Thus, an environment conducive to writing would typically differ from an environment conducive to going on a date. As such, we select and generate spaces to facilitate our daily activities. However, surprisingly little is known about these processes.


Much of my work on physical environments explores the relationship between people and environments. Specifically I examine how people select, manipulate, and use their spaces to evoke various emotions. I examine these questions in a wide range of environments (e.g., bars, cafes, homes). 

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS