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Formed officially in 1981, but with intellectual roots dating back to the ‘60s in the architectural psychology movement, IAPS is a multidisciplinary and active association gathering researchers and practitioners from around the world, with a shared interest in people’s interaction with their environment. Psychology, sociology, geography, design, planning are only a few of the disciplines represented and for these and their representatives, IAPS serves both as a platform for disciplinary discussion, and as a platform for collaboration. Detailed areas of work include: spatial cognition and wayfinding; ecological aspects of human actions in places; evaluation of buildings and natural landscapes; design of, and experiences in, workplaces, schools, residences, public buildings and public spaces; social use of space: crowding, privacy, territoriality, personal space; leisure and tourism behaviour in relation to their physical settings; meaning of built environments; theories of place, place attachment, and place identity; resource crises and environmental research; risks and hazards: their perception and management; urban design and urban regeneration, landscape design and their impact on quality of life.

For more information, visit the IAPS website (



Celebrating 50 years of outstanding research

Over the past 50 years, the study of people-environment interactions has exploded and diversified, involving researchers and professionals from many different disciplines in different parts of the world. During the same period, the world has become more complex and issues of sustainable environment and quality of life for all became increasingly urgent. In this context, IAPS 2020 will foster a reflection on what has been learned over the years, how this knowledge impacted decisions, and what are the issues requiring new approaches to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

TIME as the main theme

The discipline of people-environment relations emerged from a pressing need to bring together researchers and professionals from the social sciences and humanities with those involved in the building sciences, design and environmental planning in order to tackle, first, urban problems, and with time, environmental issues. From the inception of this discipline, space has been considered an essential parameter, as time most often remained implicit. Today, time is increasingly shaping people’s lives and their interactions with the environment, and our societies in flux are faced with urgent problems requiring new ways of working in the short term, while bearing in mind the long term. IAPS 2020 will examine how the discipline can shed light on issues of time, how time could and should influence our conceptual and empirical approaches, as well as how knowledge is put into practice.


For more on the theme of the conference, see under Conference Information.

Networking across regions, disciplines and associations

In holding IAPS’s biannual conference in Québec City, in Canada, IAPS will be travelling to North America for the first time. Indeed, IAPS came into being on the European continent, in the same way EDRA developed in the United States and MERA in Japan. As a means of stressing the interdisciplinarity at the heart of the study of people-environment relations, IAPS 2020 wishes to strengthen connections between members of such associations, as well as with associations interested in specific aspects of the discipline such as health, work, and community development. 



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A virtual conference now monitored from Québec City


Québec City takes pride in four centuries of history marked by encounters between the First Nations, the French and the English, and more recently with immigrants from all over the world. In the Americas, Québec City’s old town is the only historical urban centre north of Mexico that preserved its fortifications, and as a result was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, this medium-size city thrives as a French-speaking cultural, educational, political and economic hub. Through its past successes, works-in-progress and as-yet-unresolved problems, it should provide interesting case studies for participants in a variety of issues such as housing, neighbourhoods, public space, urban inclusion, community involvement, etc. 

The School of Architecture at Laval University will be the conference’s main venue. Located in the Old Seminary, a courtyard building erected and expanded from the 17th to 19th century in the heart of Old Québec, it is within walking distance from other iconic places where special events will be held as well as from a wide selection of public spaces, cafés, terraces, restaurants and accommodations.

The School of Architecture was a pioneer in the study of people-environment relations in Canada. Its programs and research stress the importance of respect for and enhancement of the built and natural environment, attention to uses and cultural diversity, architecture’s contribution to sustainability through collaboration, conceptual rigour in design, knowledge development and innovation. For these reasons, the School is proud to host IAPS 2020.




Carole Després, School of Architecture, Université Laval

Denise Piché,  School of Architecture, Université Laval

Sébastien Lord,  School of urbanism and landscape architecture, Université de Montréal

Émilie Pinard, McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University

Scietific Committee


  • Sherry Ahrentzen, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA 

  • Sandra Breux, Villes Régions Monde network and Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre, National Institute of Scientific Research, Montreal, Canada

  • Tony Craig, Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland 

  • Galen Cranz, Graduate School in Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley, USA

  • Sandrine Depeau, Joint Research Unit  UMR ESO - Spaces and society, CNRS - University of Rennes, France 

  • Maria Cristina Dias Lay, Faculty of Architecture, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil 

  • Michael Doyle, School of Architecture, Laval University , Québec, Canada

  • Marie-Claude Dubois, Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, Division of Energy and Building Design, Lund University, Sweden 

  • Roberta Feldman, School of Architecture and City Design Center, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA 

  • Antida Gazzola, CRAFTS (Centre for urban, territorial and social studies) and Department of Architecture and Design, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy 

  • Philippe Gerber, Urban Development and Mobility Department, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg 

  • Robert Gifford, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 

  • Jason Gilliland, Department of Geography and School of Health Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada 

  • Nathalie Jean-Baptiste, CityLab, Institute of Human Settlements Studies, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

  • Sigrun Kabisch, Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany 

  • Roderick Lawrence, Geneva School of Social Sciences (G3S), University of Geneva, Switzerland 

  • Atiya Mahmood, Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada 

  • Laurent Matthey, Environmental Governance and Territorial Development Hub/Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland 

  • Patricia Ortega Andeane, School of Psychology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico 

  • Thierry Ramadier, Joint Research Unit UMR Sociétés, Acteurs, Gouvernement en Europe (SAGE), CNRS - University of Strasbourg, France 

  • Ombretta Romice, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 

  • Perla Serfaty Garzon, Observatory on Sustainable Mobility, University of Montréal, Québec, Canada

  • Dina K. Shehayeb, Architecture & Urban Design Program, Nile University, and Shehayeb CONSULT, Giza, Egypt

  • Linda Steg, Department of Psychology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands 

  • Juan Torres, School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Montréal, Québec, Canada

  • Stephen Verderber, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

  • Jacqueline Vischer, Faculty of Planning, University of Montreal, Québec, Canada

  • Karine Weiss, CHROME Lab, University of Nîmes, France 



  • Aleya Abdel-Hadi, Professor Emeritus of Interior Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt  

  • Geneviève Cloutier, Research Centre in Regional Planning and Development (CRAD) & Land Management and Regional Planning Graduate School, Laval University, Québec, Canada

  • Ricardo García Mira, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain

  • Rolf Johansson, Professor Emeritus, The Nordic Association for Architectural Research & Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

  • Nik Luka, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

  • Gary Moore, Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

  • Seiji Shibata, Men-Environment Research Association Journal (MERA) & Department of Human Psychology, Sagami Women’s University, Kanagawa, Japan

  • Seungkwang Shon, Korean Association of Architectural Policy & Department of Architectural Engineering, Dongshin University, Naju, South Korea

  • Daniel Stokols, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychological Science and Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, United States

  • Antonio Tarcisio da Luz Reis, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

  • Hülya Turgut, Department of Architecture and Design, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Sue Weideman, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, United States

  • Richard Wener, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, New York, United States

  • Leiqing Xu, Environment-Behavior Research Association & Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

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