Patricia Martin del Guayo

Patricia is an architect and a PhD candidate at the AA in London, as a Gobierno Vasco scholar. In 2010 she graduated from Harvard University GSD with a Master’s of Architecture in Urban Design. She previously obtained her degree in Architecture in Spain, having studied as an Erasmus student at TU-Vienna, Austria. She worked as an architect in Spain and Germany and now maintains her own design practice in London.

Environmental Perception of Urban Spaces in Spanish Cities

Simos Yannas, Paula Cadima

The way people use public spaces is strongly influenced by the environmental conditions experienced in these spaces. Urbanisation has not only changed the environmental properties of our surround­ings, but it has also affected our relationships and interactions with them. This research project addresses these issues by studying people’s environmental perceptions of urban public spaces. With field studies in Soho Square, London and sev­eral locations in Spain the project investigates the factors influencing environmental perception with the aim of developing appropriate design strategies and techniques for improving environmental conditions in outdoor urban spaces.