Sociology Index


Architectural sociology is sociological research on architecture and architectural profession, architectural education, and its impact on society. Architecture expresses the structure and principles of a given society giving due importance to architectural sociology. Architectural sociology is the study of how designed physical environment influences, and is also influenced by society and human behavior. Sociology of architecture studies the role and occupation of architects in modern societies. In architectural sociology, sociological theories that focus on cultural patterns, social relationships, and social psychology are especially used to explain and interpret architectural design.

The way the buildings are designed to fulfill the needs of social institutions is the compliance of social aspects in architecture. Architectural sociologists apply their theories and research methods to all phases of the architectural design process from predesign to post-construction evaluation with the ultimate goal being that of humanizing designed physical environments. - Ron Smith and Valerie Bugni.

Key Centre for Architectural Sociology - Garry Stevens is the founder of the Key Centre for Architectural Sociology. Garry Stevens lays open the heart of assumptions about architecture and architects, and then exposes the lack of foundation for many cherished beliefs. Garry Stevens conducts sociological research on the architectural profession, its education and its impact on Australian society.

The Sociology of Architecture: Constructing Identities, Paul Jones, Liverpool University Press 2010. The Sociology of Architecture frames architecture as a field of contestation over symbolic and material resources, which in turn provides an entry point for questioning the inextricably political ways in which collective identities are constructed, maintained and mobilized.

What is the relationship between the individual and his or her designed environment or social setting? What is the relationship between an organization and the building wherein it resides? Architectural sociology approaches these questions in examining how architectural forms both influence and react to sociocultural phenomena. A large proportion of our human experience and social interaction occurs in the buildings in which we live and work. Therefore, architectural sociologists use sociological perspective to enhance building design. - Jean Beaman.

The Favored Circle - The Social Foundations of Architectural Distinction.
By Garry Stevens. A look at the field of architecture written by an outsider who demystifies the mechanics of fame and fortune. According to Garry Stevens, however, successful architects owe their success not so much to genius as to social background and a host of other factors that have very little to do with native talent. To concentrate only on the profession of architecture is to ignore the much larger field of architecture, which structures the entire social universe of the architect and of which architects are only one part.

Regional Planning and Regional Science, Landscape Planning and Nature Conservation, Open Space Development and Planning related Sociology, Open Space Planning and Garden Architecture.

Experimental Sociology of Architecture. A Guide to Theory, Research and Literature, Guy Ankerl, The Hague.