Welcome to the Spatial and Architectural Cognition Lab
© Jakub Krukar

About us

Despite decades of research, psychological theories on how people perceive and use space are rarely used in building design. SPARC aims to bridge this gap by integrating psychological insights on spatial cognition with algorithmic methods for spatial design and analysis. Our work sits at the intersection of geoinformatics, cognitive psychology, and architecture.

We employ a diverse toolkit ranging from virtual reality and in-the-wild empirical studies to spatio-temporal data analytics, mobile eye-tracking, and Space Syntax theory. Guided by the principles of use-inspired basic research, we focus on solving those real-world challenges that push the boundaries of existing research methods and theories.

Jakub Krukar
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SPARC co-organises the 'HabiTech' workshop at CHI'24

We invite submissions for a workshop to help define a new research area – the building-level counterpoint to digital civics - how do new technologies enable and empower the inhabitants of a multi- occupancy buildings? This workshop will gather interdisciplinary experts in HCI, design, architecture, data ethics, and cognitive science to reflect on the role of HCI in cultivating digital civics inside buildings.
The workshop will be a rolling full-day hybrid event with options to participate online or offline in Honolu, Hawai'i during the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Conference.
Workshop date: May 11th, 2024
Submission deadline: Feb 22nd, 2024
Website: https://habitech.space

Jakub Krukar
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New publication on visual attention in art galleries

In a new book edited by Prof. John Peponis on museum architecture I write about the act of 'glancing away' from art works - what role does looking away from paintings into space surrounding them play in our experience and why has it been ignored by research?
The chapter is titled "A stimulating museum space: ‘Glancing away’ and engaging working memory in-between exhibits" and is available here.