Hi Archinect and The World
Welcome to PsyArch
I am Jared Lussier, an architecture/psychology student at the University of Maine at Augusta, and I will be the author of this blog.
I am 20 years old and currently enrolled in the B.Arch program at UMA with a minor in psychology concentrating on environmental psychology and proxemics. Next year I will be the president of the AIAS Chapter at UMA. My love for architecture comes from the desire to understand how spaces affect human behavior and emotion, and how architects can use this knowledge to make the world a better and healthier place. I also have an interest in historic preservation/restoration. I sit on the board of a development group in my hometown, Lewiston, ME. Our biggest success has been in saving a 100 year old Albert Kahn building, which we are now working on restoring. I am also a founder/editor of a local newspaper. For a living I load trucks early in the morning at FedEx (and am fortunate enough to be allowed to stay with my parents through school). My favorite architect is Louis Kahn, and my favorite psychologist is Carl Rogers. Lastly, I have one cat. His name is Petonk.
As this blog begins and I attempt to find a rhythm, I will begin with one posting per week in which I will analyze a scholarly article in psychology and explore ways in which it relates to the art of architecture. After time I will explore the possibility of posting twice or thrice a week with different themes for each posting.
I hope that you will read and enjoy, and always bear in mind that discussion is encouraged and desired.
"I believe that wonder is the motivator of knowledge." - Louis Kahn, 1961