Hall of Fame

  The IAPS Hall of Fame is an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the great work that some of its members have been undertaking over the years. It highlights their achievements in theoretical development, ground work, practice, knowledge dissemination and application.Your suggestions count, so please send us nominations indicating: the person you wish to nominate (might even be yourself!); their short bibliography (150 words max); their main achievements in the field of environment-behaviour studies; 3 or 4 key publications and some anecdotes if you can.Hall of Fame and IAPS ConferencesThe admission to the Hall of Fame is a recognition that IAPS has started to award biannually at the IAPS conference to outstanding researchers in the environment behaviour field who have distinguished themselves in research, teaching, and practice.During the 20th. IAPS conference 2008 in Rome it was Serafin Mercado from Mexico who received the recognition. Serafin Mercado was already named father of environmental psychology by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).At the 21st. IAPS conference in Leipzig Rikard Küller, Emeritus Professor in environmental psychology at Lund University, Sweden, was added to the Hall of Fame for his long-standing contribution to IAPS and the environmental behaviour field more broadly. He was a leading figure in research and innovation, a charismatic mentor – overall one of those who have made a significant impact in the field and whose legacy will be carried through via many people he worked with and taught to. Rikard Küller was one of the founders of the IAPS and the first elected president of the organisation.Rikard Küller died on 21 January 2009. Marianne Küller, his wife, attended the conference in Leipzig where Byron Mikellides, long term friend and colleague of Rikard, gave a Memorial Lecture in his honour.

IAPS 22. will celebrate the life and contribution of Gabriel Moser, IAPS’ past President and one of the most significant figures in environmental psychology has ever had. David Uzzell will celebrate his life and work in the Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 26th June 2012.

Carl Graumann



On August 8th, 2007, the great psychologist and former president of the German Psycho-logical Association (DGPs) Carl Friedrich Graumann died at the age of 84.He became interested in the field of language and social psychology very early in his career. The relation of language and thought, the role of language in psychology and the phenomenological tradition have been major themes throughout his highly productive professional life.In 1972 he published his influential handbook article “Interaction and Communication” and was later the chairman of the Special Research Group “Language and Situation” funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG) at the University of Heidelberg. Carl Graumann was deeply committed to a humanistic approach in psychology which centred around the key topics of perspectivity in cognition and communication, “ecology” (context, situatedness) of human experience and behaviour, history of psychology (particularly in Germany), and the historicity of human experience. While many times he worked on top or ahead of developments, he never aimed to be “mainstream”. He followed his judgement and did everything with his own meticulous profoundness. His interest in psychology in parts originated from the experiences and opportunities he had had as a prisoner of war in a Camp in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Canada, in the winter of 1942/1943. There he had the opportunity to enrol in distance studies with the University of Saskatchewan. He chose psychology. Carl finished his psychology studies and his dissertation at the University of Cologne. In 1963, he became full professor at the University of Heidelberg where he developed and expanded the department of psychology. He established psychology at a high academic level with an excellent reputation at the University of Heidelberg.From 1962 to 1995, he was visiting professor at various US-American (Duquesne University, Pittsburg D.A.), French (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme), Swiss (University of Fribourg), and German universities (University of Greifswald). In 1973/74 he was Theodor Heuss Professor at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City. He was president of the German Psychological Society DGPs (1968-1970), and became an honorary member in 1992. In 2004, he received the life award for his scientific work, a testimony to the continued impact his work has had over the last 50 years.The source of this image and edited text is: http://www.psychologie.uni-heidelberg.de/ae/allg/mitarb/bms/InMemoriamCFG.pdfFurther information can be found in the IAPS bulletin 36.

Ken Craik


Ken Craik passed away on March 29, 2012 at his home in Berkeley, CA.Ken was a classic ecological psychologist in the sense that he emphasized the necessity of understanding persons by studying them within the ordinary contextual influences of their everyday lives. He brought this perspective to wide variety of substantive topics ranging from personality assessment, perception of time, and political psychology, to the psychology of humor and reputation. Starting from the position that “lives are lived day by day, one day at a time, from day to day, day after day, day in day out” his methodological interests focused on recording what people do in the daily lives; his influential “Lived Day” studies, in which he and his team followed participants around with video cameras for a full day, served as a forerunner to the recent wave of ambulatory methods developed to study people in situ. As a founder of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and of the Environmental Psychology Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, Craik was instrumental in establishing the field of Environmental Psychology as we know it today.Over the course of his long career at UC Berkeley, the lives of many scholars were enriched by working with him, including David Buss, Brian Little, Bob Hogan, Avril Thorne, Sam Gosling, Rick Robins, Dan Ozer, Aaron Ware, Gail Agronick, Melissa Williams, Michael Shopshire, Robert Raskin, and Nick Feimer.He was a modest, cultured, kind, learned, and extraordinarily generative scholar.The source of this edited text is from an email forwarded byDavid Uzzell from;David Buss
Sam Gosling
Brian LittleThe source of the image is: http://psychology.berkeley.edu/faculty/profiles/kcraik.html

Rikard Küller


Rikard Küller was one of the founders of IAPS and the first elected president of the organisation. He was a key figure and most prolific researcher in environmental psychology in Sweden and internationally. In 1998 he became the first professor in environmental psychology in Scandinavia. His interest in environmental psychology began however many years earlier. In 1965 Rikard was employed at the Department of Architecture, Lund Institute of Technology, where he worked as a lecturer in the education of architects and as a researcher. He had a bachelor and licenciate degree in psychology. In 1973 he received his doctorate, a DSc, in theoretical and applied aesthetics. In Rikard’s dissertation, which was one of the first in Sweden with an environmental psychological approach, Rikard developed a new psychometric method to assess the built environment, the semantic environmental description (SED). The strong link he made between architecture and psychology was characteristic for his entire research career which covered a wide range of areas such as perception of light and colour, work environments, health and recreation environments for elderly people and during the later years on global sustainability issues. Rikard led over 40 research projects and the results have been presented in over 200 publications. His efforts strongly contributed to the theoretical and methodological development of environmental psychology. In the early 1970s, Rikard was one of the first people in the world to record brain activity of various architectural stimuli in the built environment. This was a research area he felt strongly about, at the 20th IAPS conference his work was presented in a special symposium on EEG in environmental psychology, that he organised.Internationally Rikard, became well-known for his pioneering work on the non-visual effects of lighting. He was in many ways a man ahead of his time when formulating new research questions. At the CIE 20th Session, Amsterdam 1983, Rikard presented his research on non-visual effects of office lighting. His presentation was met with scepticism at the time, but in 1993 he was awarded the CIBSE Walsh- Western Award for the best paper of lighting research in the English language – Kuller, R. & Wetterberg, L. 1993. Melatonin, cortisol, EEG, ECG and subjective comfort in healthy humans: Impact of two fluorescent lamp types at two light intensities.In the 1980s he founded the Environmental Psychology Unit at Lund Institute of Technology where he worked together with his wife Marianne Kuller for many years.Source of this image and edited text is from an article in IAPS bulletin 35, by Maria Johansson, Thorbjörn Laike and Jan Janssens and Byron Mikellides

Serafin J. Mercado


Serafin J. Mercado obtained his BA in psychology at UNAM and his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin where he got the highest rating up to date at the GRE (graduate record examination) in 1970. In 1973 he became implicated in environmental psychology and formed a group of professors and students involving them on readings and lectures about this topic which was carried out for five years. Out of this a task force for the development of a Master’s Degree curriculum in environmental psychology was formed, which produced the first environmental psychologists in Latin America; then,  the MA curriculum in EP was later substituted by another with a more professionalizing stress.His main research line has been on residential environments, where he developed a model of housing habitability which has been shown to predict several family interaction variables (for example, family climate, quality of life, physical health) and to be affected by a set of architectural design variables, including in his latest project, the role of furniture on the functioning of residential behavioral settings in interaction with space. In 1991 he earned the title of “Father of Environmental Psychology in Mexico” for his pioneering efforts.Serafín Mercado has been an outstanding professor and academic leader in Mexican Psychology. He has been active in curriculum development in undergraduate and graduate programs in Psychology at UNAM, including MA and Ph. D. programs in environmental psychology. He was Pioneer of the scientific approach to psychology, of the cognitive psychology view and of environmental psychology in Mexico and Latin-America. He trained the first environmental psychologists in Mexico and formed research groups. He has published an important number of papers, book chapters and books, many in the environmental psychology area. He has taken part in many conferences around the world, many of them IAPS.Through an interdisciplinary approach, he created conceptual bridges and working groups between psychology and other disciplines such as architecture, planning, industrial design, public management, life sciences and health, and communication science. Many of the people for whom he was a mentor nowadays are independent professionals, teachers, and researchers. His work on residential environments has produced an empirically based model of evaluation related to architectural and environmental variables and with effects upon family´s welfare and health.

Gabriel Moser


Gabriel Moser: An AppreciationI apologise I do not speak French… or German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or any of the other languages Gabriel spoke, so my brief words will be in English. He spoke English too so maybe that gives me permission. Words. When Dirce asked me to say a few words today, my first thought was, there are no words that can express my feelings of loss and sadness. I know it is like that for you too. Gabriel was really my best friend and when I heard that he had died a little part of me died as well.Words. Words are the currency of the academic world. Gabriel was the President of the International Association of People-Environment Studies, or IAPS as we call it.  IAPS is a world-wide organisation of researchers from across the design and social science disciplines who are concerned to make the places we live in better. It is not surprising that Gabriel was President of such an organisation. When I sent an email around to all the members of IAPS informing them of the sad news – and despite the fact that it was during a long public holiday – within in no time at all I had received over thirty messages of shock, of sadness and of love.It was believed in ancient Egypt that ‘whosoever´s name is uttered, then he lives’. It is without doubt that Gabriel will always be living amongst us, and I am happy about that.Source of this image and edited text is from an article in IAPS bulletin 37, by David Uzzell.Please click here to read the full version and
 “the words that his friends and colleagues wrote… of Gabriel’s qualities and impact on people’s lives”. 

Anna Maria Nenci


Anna Maria Nenci, died suddenly on January 25th 2011, at her house in Rome.Anna Maria was a truly gifted environmental psychologist, a long term active member of IAPS, and contributed to the diffusion of people-environment studies in Italy through her research and teaching activity in many institutions, such as the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Cagliari, and the LUMSA University in Rome.Anna Maria will be greatly missed by all her friends, colleagues and students, as well as by all those who had the pleasure of meeting her during various IAPS Conferences. Her last contribution to our association was the very successful organization of the 2008 Conference in Rome, and the editorial of the post-conference book.We all miss her gracious and humble presence, her generoushospitality, her incisive mind, her passionate love for life, people and environments.Source of this image and edited text is from an article in IAPS bulletin 37, by:
Mirilia Bonnes, Marino Bonaiuto, Giuseppe Carrus, Ferdinando Fornara, Vittoria Giuliani and Massimiliano Scopelliti.

David Stea


David Stea received a B.S. in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1957 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in1964.  As Carnegie Interdisciplinary Fellow at Brown University from 1964 to 1966, he developed the new field of Environmental Psychology and, the related study of spatial and geographic cognition.  He was Associate Professor Psychology and Geography at Clark University from 1967 to 1971, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA through 1988, and then Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin.He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals, the co-author or co-editor of several books, including Image and Environment, Landscape in Language and Maps in Minds, and some 150 articles and book chapters on various subjects, including sustainable development and environmental issues in Latin America.  His works have been translated into six languages.  Dr. Stea has given some 200 lectures and other presentations in a dozen countries around the globe and has been visiting professor and planning consultant on all inhabited continents.In the mid-1980s, Dr David Canter and Dr Stea began editing the “Ethnoscapes” book series in the U.K.  In 1987 he was nominated for the Right Livelihood Prize (also known as the “alternative Nobel”).  In 2008 he was named Distinguished Visitor by the City of Veracruz, and also received citations from Mexico and France for his pioneering work in relating environmental psychology to environmental design.  He is now Professor Emeritus of Geography and International Studies at Texas State University and Research Associate with the Center for Global Justice in Mexico.With a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, he established and directed the International Center for Culture and Environment in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the mid-1980s, training environmental specialists in for international practice, and continued its work in Mexico in the 1990s.  Dr Stea has held four distinguished professorships in the U.S.A., Indonesia, and Mexico.   Since becoming Professor Emeritus in 2006, he has continued research in central Mexico and in the Navajo Nation in the USA.Source of this edited text is by: Garcia-Mira

Martin Symes



Martin Symes died on 30 December 2010 after an illness of more than two years.Martin has been an active member, contributor and office holder in IAPS for well over 30 years. He was one of the early members of IAPS and the IAPS Board, valued for his support to the IAPS organisation, and for his vision as to how it could be developed. He was among that remarkable international community of scholars who have helped to shape IAPS into the diverse and robust organisation it is today. It is one of very few groups in the world which continues to successfully and effectively bring together a wide variety of design and social science interests and cultures. Martin was highly regarded as an architect, scholar, and good friend by the many people around the world he came to know through his association with IAPS.After working for a period in architectural design practice, Martin’s research, teaching and scholarship took him to distinguished appointments at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, the Chair in Architecture at Manchester University, and most recently, a Chair in Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England in Bristol.The focus of much of Martin’s work is a behaviour-based approach to the practices of architectural design. He developed an extensive body of academic research, consulting work and publications on getting knowledge into design activity, professionalism and the structure of the architectural profession. The case study method of enquiry, which he developed some 30 years ago continuesto provide architectural firms and government agencies with a valuable way of bringing knowledge into design, and a background for progressing decision-making for public works and policies.Martin’s work is also concerned with the large scale environmental decision-making processes of world urbanisation. He was responsible for organising the IAPS 13 conference at Manchester University in 1994 from which the proceedings were published in “The Urban Experience” the book which he co-authored with Susan Neary and Frank Brown. The implications of Martin’s work are highly relevant in the context of today’s global sustainability and population concerns. The paper he presented at the 2006 IAPS 19 conference in Alexandria “The Professionalisation of Expertise in Sustainable Development” demonstrates this, as does his most recent piece of work “Sustainability, Professionalism and Urban Design” which is to be published in a special issue of Open House International this year.Source of this image and edited text is from an article in IAPS bulletin 37, by: Duncan Joiner