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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

  David Seamon, PhD

arch 301
arch 301 honors
arch 325
arch 703 & 803
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SUNY series in Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology

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Thomas Cole House
Catskill Point
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Department of Architecture
Kansas State University
211 Seaton Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-2901

Tel: 785-532-1121 or 532-5953; Fax: 785-532-6722
David Seamon; www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/

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.
For an overview of phenomenological research dealing with environmental and architectural topics, go to Review. An up-to-date collection of Seamon's articles and conference presentations is available at: http://ksu.academia.edu/DavidSeamon