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Research for a Human-Centred Architecture

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An evidence-based approach is now critical for the design, production and operation of architectural and urban environments - particularly those used for work, retail, health, learning, transport, aged care, galleries and museums - places where the environment can have a significant impact on the occupant's experience and their performance.

At arc, we provide our clients with rigorous and useable evidence from the fields of sociology, anthropology and psychology. We advise on the performative qualities of the built environment by studying how it affects the way people think, feel and act - how we transform our environment and how it transforms us. We refer to this as Anthropospatial Research and it helps our clients to understand:

What is actually known and what is not?

What is shared and what is unique?
And therefore...

What is predictable and what is not?

about environmentally specific human experience and behaviour.




At arc we sift through thousands of research papers and report on only those that are relevant to our client’s needs. We create reliable and useable research strategies for cost effective flexible architectural spaces, designed to evolve after they are occupied. We refer to this as Knowledge Architecture.

This explicit and detailed knowledge is used in contemporary design activity to produce better spaces for the people who will occupy and use them every day.

arc is actively engaged in continuously producing new knowledge through the strong research connections we create between academia, government and industry.

Our multi-disciplinary practice provides expertise in:








arc emerged out of the award winning Spatial Research Group which was established at Monash University in 2004. We now operate as an independent consultancy composed of architects, sociologists, biologists, anthropologists, designers, artists, historians and psychologists.


Anthropospatial research does not generate closed answers, it provides the evidence needed for innovation in a post-digital age.





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