Environmental Psychology studies the interplay between humans and the built and natural environment and aims to bridge the gaps between designers, clients and the end-users of an environment. This interdisciplinary field analyzes and reveals important design-behavior relationships that we should take into consideration when designing hospitals, schools, daycare settings, airports, stations, offices, parks, cities etc. Understanding how the built environment influences our behavior and our well-being is particularly important when end-users do not have a direct say in the design-process.
In order to bring the right information from the right people into view, environmental psychologists can guide the participation and involvement of different users in the design process. During the programming phase, environmental psychologists will investigate the needs and wishes of the various users, resulting in a behavioral and functional program of requirements as related to environment-behavior relationships based on input from the different users and the latest research.