Architecture is the design of spaces for human occupation. Despite architects’ skill in designing spaces to influence human behavior there often is a shortfall in anticipating and reacting to occupants’ behavior. To create environments that boost well-being, productivity, and social engagement, a symbiotic relationship between buildings and human behavior must be fostered. The intersection of architectural and anthropological studies forms an insightful framework for the design of physical spaces informed by human behavior and cultural context.

Anthropology is the study of human societies, cultures, and their development over time. The subject frequently offers information on how people interact with their surrounding environment, a topic that benefits the architectural practice. The significance of anthropology to architecture also lies in providing cultural sensitivity and social equity considerations, all while promoting user-centered design of spaces.

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