Hall of Fame

HOF_smallThe 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 Conferences

The 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.

During IAPS 22, we recognised 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 celebrated his life and work in the Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 26th June 2012.

Carl Graumann

Graumann-207x300On 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.pdf. Further information can be found in the IAPS bulletin 36.

Ken Craik

en 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 by David Uzzell from;David Buss; Sam Gosling; Brian Little

The source of the image is:http://psychology.berkeley.edu/faculty/profiles/kcraik.html

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 Appreciation

I 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.

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 generous hospitality, 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.

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

Roderick John Lawrence

We honor Rod Lawrence for his intensive and comprehensive engagement in IAPS. Rod belongs to the founding generation of IAPS. During more than 16 years, he was engaged in the IAPS board and dedicated eight years to serve as treasurer.
Beyond this beneficial commitment for IAPS, Rod Lawrence has been running a stunning academic and professional career. He holds a professorship in Human Ecology and environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2000 he has been serving as director of the Global Environmental Policy Program at the University of Geneva in partnership with UNEP.
What is more, he was recently nominated visiting Professor at the UN University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for two years.
Rod has always used his expertise in many IAPS-related activities such as building and maintaining scientific networks, teaching young researchers, initializing research projects together with IAPS-members and publishing high ranked articles and special issues.
In the frame of IAPS he founded the Housing Networkin 1986 togetherwith Rolf Johansson. This has developed to be a very vivid network. In 2007, for example, it organized the symposium “Housing and environmental conditions in post-communist countries” in Poland. Soon after, in 2009, a symposium with the title “Revitalizing built environments” took place in Istanbul in close collaboration with the Culture and Space Network. And again, in 2013 this network collaborated with the Sustainability as well as with the Culture and Space network to carry out the symposium titled “Sustainable environments in a changing global context”. In all of these symposia, Rod took a leading role in the respective boards guaranteeing a high-level scientific content.
The next Housing network symposium is planned to take place in Dar es Salaam/Tansania in 2017, once more together with the Sustainability network and the Culture and Space network, being titled “Knowledge for climate-proof urban development in rapidly-changing environments”. For this symposium he has been taking over a supervising role for the African hosts at the Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam. In this position he supports the new head of the housing network being responsible for this symposium. Thus Rod takes care for keeping alive the Housing network for the next IAPS-generation.
To show our deepest appreciation for these immense efforts and outstanding activities within IAPS,we admit Rod Lawrence to the Hall of Fame of IAPS during the 24th IAPS conference in Lund/Sweden 2016.