Dr. Lindsay’s research focuses on the social impact of architecture, especially the architecture of art museums. She studies museum architecture using multiple levels of analysis and from multiple scales, to understand how a building works internationally, for a city, for the institutional client, for curators and other museum staff, and for visitors. Her research relies on mixed methods, including interviews, archival searches, content analysis of critical response, observation, and spatial analysis. This work is useful to museum professionals, designers, social theorists, and cultural studies. A recently emerging facet of Dr. Lindsay’s attention to the social impact of architecture is an interest in how green buildings communicate sustainability to the general public. Here as well as with museums, she uses mixed methods to understand the building at multiple scales. This work contributes to an understanding of how design can advance the value of sustainability.
user perspective on architecture, art museums, museums and globalization, museums in urban design, sociology of space, buildings as communication
ENVD 2001 - Human Behavior and Design
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
Examines reciprocal relationships between people and the built and natural environments and the ways that human well-being is impacted by the built environment. Traces major issues and approaches in design research to understand how people are influenced by the environment and how they can create healthy, just, and livable places.
ENVD 4311 - Housing Policies and Practices
A seminar providing students with a descriptive knowledge and analytical understanding of the use and development of residential settings in different political economies, globally divided into advanced capitalist nations, collectivist economies, and the third world.
ENVD 4972 - Honors Research Methods and Thesis Preparation
To prepare students for undertaking an independent research or design project in Environmental Design, this asks students to engage with existing literature in the field. Students will understand how research and design projects are conducted, and how their own work fits within a long tradition of scholarship. Department consent required.