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Jan is one of the world’s leading researchers in architectural design psychology. His research traces phenomenological experience back to the neurological mechanisms that cause them. This is especially relevant for design and health, because the designed environment frequently has a powerful influence on the very symptoms that need to be treated.

Jan’s research experience places him at the centre of current thinking about design for health and wellbeing. He is on the editorial board of three academic journals and has guest edited a special edition on ‘Designing the Psychiatric Milieu’. In addition, Jan regularly judges the International Academy Awards for Design and Health. He has won 19 awards for his publications, conference presentations and teaching. Furthermore, Jan was the research lead on an international architectural health design competition, winning first prize ($1M). He is a research fellow of the Schizophrenia Research Institute and the Centre for Mental Health and Urban Design. He is a registered architect and until recently, served as Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Creative Industries at QUT, Brisbane. He now runs his own practice - Psychological Design and teaches casually at UNSW and UTS in Sydney.

Jan is internationally recognised as a popular keynote speaker and designer specialising in cultural understanding, patient-centred models of care, design psychology and all aspects of healthcare design.


  • 2016–2017
    Registered Architect and CEO, Psychological Design
  • 2014–2016
    Knowledge Lead, MAAP Architects


  • 2012 
    Sydney University, PhD
  • 2008 
    UNSW, Masters of Architecture
  • 2007 
    UNSW & UC Berkeley, Bachelors of Architecture
  • 2004 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Schizophrenia Research Institute
  • Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health

Research Areas

  • Architecture (1201)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Psychology (1701)
  • Neurosciences (1109)