Sensory Environments

The IAPS Sensory Environments Network ( IAPS SEN) was formally established in Timisoara, Romania in 2014. It is the most recent addition to the suite of themed networks which operate within the wider International Association of People-environment Studies (IAPS). Its establishment responds to growing expertise, interest and knowledge in the perception, design and representation of sensory environments. SEN provides a multidisciplinary forum within which to explore ways to expand and enhance the sensory and experiential diversity of human-environment relationships.


The SEN community of IAPS members will help facilitate networking and collaborations to advance understanding of how sensory information and experience can be incorporated into the development of environmental design theory and practice. It comprises of architects, landscape architects, architects, urban designers, artists and environmental psychologists and will be of interest to anyone with a concern for the sensory dimensions of environmental experience and its application.


Smells of Edinburgh by Kate McLean

Smells of Edinburgh by Kate McLean


The IAPS SEN is convened by Jake Benfield and Kevin Thwaites and we are honoured to be able to continue the vision of the late Dr Victoria Henshaw who inspired the network formation through her pioneering research in smellscapes. James Simpson is the IAPS SEN librarian, updating the library with relevant member publications.

This website will provide access to information about current work relating to sensory environments along with details of upcoming conferences and other relevant meetings. You can also see our quarterly newsletter, follow us on twitter or email us by going to the contact page.