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Dr Lusi Morhayim
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Appointment
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow
  • The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Dr. Lusi Morhayim currently holds the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship, funded by the European Commission, at the University College London Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. Her academic publications cover topics ranging from research on urban sustainability and the right to "sustainable and livable" cities to spatial justice, ethnographic and user-centered design methods in architecture and post-occupancy evaluations in multiple building types. Her most recent work examines cancer infusion centers' influence on wellbeing of patients and their operational efficiency. She is the co-editor of "Revisiting Social Factors: Advancing Research into People and Place." Lusi Morhayim earned her PhD in Architecture from The University of California, Berkeley, USA and has taught architectural and social research and theory courses and design studios at the University of California, Berkeley, Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology, Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and at the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Her research is published in peer-reviewed journals including Environment and BehaviorJournal of Architectural and Planning Research, International Journal of Architectural Research, Journal of Urban Design, Antipode, Facilities and Spatial Justice.

 

Research Summary

I have conducted multiple post-occupancy evaluations which focused on the interaction between built environment factors and user outcomes in multiple building types including healthcare facilities, workplaces, higher education buildings, research labs and housing. My research on user-centred design in the predesign and post-occupancy stages of a building's lifecycle examines the match between users’ social, cultural and behavioural needs and the built environment decisions. This research contributes to social and economic sustainability by translating user-informed data into concrete design guidelines to help improve occupants' health and well-being and buildings’ operational efficiency and to provide cost savings. I use spatial, quantitative and qualitative research methods including surveys, interviews, and behavioural mapping. As a Marie-Curie research fellow, I examine how the built environment can provide a more therapeutic environment for older cancer patients and improve staff wellbeing and efficiency in outpatient clinics.

I am the co-editor of an edited volume, titled Revisiting Social Factors: Advancing Research into People and Place. This edited collection brings together chapters that focus on diverse topics on social aspects of sustainability such as designing with people vulnerable populations, improving physical activity and health in school settings, and balancing green building design with social needs.

Myother field of research centres on urban social movements and people’s agencyin transforming cities in spatial, social, and cultural terms. My research investigated urbansocial movements ’role in spatial justice in the context of San Francisco,California. Using architectural analysis and employing an ethnographic approachthat included participant-observation, interviews, archival research, andvisual and written content analysis, I examined bicyclists’ and pedestrians’ rightsto the city claims and the city’s redevelopment programs and recent spatialchanges. I argued that the grassroots communities’ unique occupation tacticsduring carfree street events and their counterdiscourses promote a culture of“Do-it-Yourself” urbanism that caters to neoliberal agendas and results in anuneven urban transformation that rarely benefits low-income communities in thecity. My research findings contributed to spatial justice literature bydemonstrating that blurring boundaries between design, activism and lack ofcentral planning is likely to perpetuate already existing inequalitiesinscribed on urban landscapes—even in the case of livable city advocates whosepremise is healthier and more just communities. My research findings contributedto spatial justice literature by demonstrating that blurring boundaries betweendesign, activism and lack of central planning is likely to perpetuate alreadyexisting inequalities inscribed on urban landscapes—even in the case of livablecity advocates whose premise is healthier and more just communities.

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