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David Seamon, Ph.D.

David Seamon, PhDProfessor

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Manhattan, KS 66506
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Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology

David Seamon is an environment-behavior researcher and Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. His research and writings focus on the ways that the natural and built environments contribute to human well-being. Key themes in which Seamon is interested include:

  • Human aspects of design;
  • Place and place-making;
  • The nature of environmental and architectural experience;
  • Environmental and architectural aesthetics;
  • Artistic media as a means for understanding environment, place, and nature;
  • Christopher Alexander’s theory and practice of wholeness;
  • Bill Hillier’s "space syntax," especially as the approach helps to understand human co-presence, encounter, and place regularity;
  • The "phenomenology of nature" developed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe;
  • Phenomenology as a method of inquiry in the human sciences and environment-behavior research.

Seamon’s books include: A Geography of the Lifeworld; Dwelling, Place and Environment; Dwelling, Seeing, and Designing; and Goethe’s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature (edited with Arthur Zajonc). His most recent book is Life Takes Place: Phenomenology, Lifeworlds and Place Making, published by Routledge in 2018. He edits Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, which in 2019 will mark thirty years of publication. Digital copies of all EAP issues are available through the K-State digital archive at: http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/1522.

Most of Dr. Seamon’s published articles and chapters are available at https://ksu.academia.edu/DavidSeamon.