Dr. Cranz, Professor of Architecture, is a sociologist, designer, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (a system of body-mind postural education). She is interested in the social and cultural components of environmental design and specifically how the body meets the environment, a new subject she has called Body Conscious Design. She provided a critique of the practice of chair sitting from a somatic point of view in The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design. She also studies post-occupancy effects of designs on users, the role of urban parks, and taste as a communication process in design.


Designing for a Healthy Office

The objective is to explore new ways of designing workspace from the perspective of psychological impact.  Based on the Healthy Workplaces Model, we have identified a set of seven psychological…

May 1, 2016