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Housing and Psychology: Basics of Planning and Analysing Human Habitats

The course "Housing and Psychology" addresses the entire living environment, including interior spaces or structures in buildings and settlements, and their diverse effects on humans. The focus is placed on the behaviour, health, well-being, and the mental, emotional and social development and growth of children and adults of all ages as well as on relationships among family members and neighbours.

In this course, you will acquire scientifically based knowledge from the fields of psychology and physiology, link it with housing and apply the acquired knowledge through practical exercises.


  • You will learn how to recognize and optimise aspects of residential projects of any kind and size that enhance the human quality of life.
  • You acquire basic knowledge that can be used during the analysis, planning and design of human habitats such as apartments, buildings and the nearby environment and housing estates.
  • You receive an overview of relevant areas of psychology and physiology such as the developmental, social, environmental sciences, cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
  • You analyse real examples of housing and may also bring your own project.
Upon completion of the course, you can
  • designate and scientifically justify qualities and defects of apartments, buildings and settlements that enhance human quality of life,
  • identify housing psychology planning errors before the construction, purchase or during the planning phase of a residence and fix these in a timely manner, and plan, construct and offer a residential project with a higher quality of living while adhering to the same financial and local conditions.

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

  • Housing planners
  • Architects
  • Graduates and students of an architechture degree programme
  • People and companies with interest in the topics of housing quality and residential satisfaction
    • Developers
    • Builders
    • Residential consultants and advisors
    • Local authorities
    • Real estate agents
No special requirements must be met to attend this course. However, work experience or training in residential construction is advantageous.

Dates and Deadlines

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Certificate: Confirmation of participation
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Participation fees: 590 € (VAT free) or 290 € (VAT free) for Bachelor’s and Master’s students.
    The fee covers course materials and drinks during the breaks.
  • Course location: TU Graz
  • Course dates and times: 2 Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Housing affects almost all levels of human existence - social relationships and behaviour, personal development, the nervous system and brain, health, recuperation and regeneration, etc. Psychological factors are often underestimated in housing because they have a subliminal effect and develop over a long period of time, meaning that we are often unable to directly identify interdependencies. To make this possible, we need to undertake a targeted analysis, and this is exactly what interested participants learn about in this seminar. Many previous participants wanted to discover more about the topic - and were pleased to be taught concrete scientific principles.

Programme Director

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.


TU Graz Life Long Learning
Phone: +43 316 873 4932