Abstract

The creation of spaces is at the heart of architectural and urban design. However, statements of designers about spatial qualities often remain vague and ambiguous. This is reflected by built examples whose problems emerge from a missing understanding of the relations between the built environment and human behaviour. This course will show methods for user-centered design evaluation and user experience testing.

Learning objectives

The objective of this course is to learn knowledge and methods for better anticipating the perspective of the user in architectural spaces. Therefore, you will learn a tool for conducting user studies in Virtual Reality.

This course is a step by step guide to conducting a Virtual Environment Evaluation study.

Further Learning & Reading

In the UCAD course, the methods are trained using a small scale scenario: your own apartment. By applying the method to this case and comparing the results to your actual experience we will investigate how far objective statements about user-centered criteria can be made.

Requirements

No prior technical knowledge is required.

Lecturers

Olaf Kammler and Sven Schneider