Colour Psychology in Architecture

Colour Psychology in Architecture

Colour Psychology in Architecture

2 Formal CPD Points

Available on demand


Following on from the success of last year’s National Seminar Series, “The Application of Colour in Architecture”, Dr Marisha McAuliffe will expand on the role of colour in architecture and design, highlighting how it is used to influence behavioural response in the built environment. 

The seminar will explore metamerism and the role of natural and artificial light, as well as practical application, context, perception, and physiological response to colour in architectural environments. In this context, Marisha will address in detail the three essential considerations when working with colour in architecture and design; Who? What? Where?


This presentation is equivalent to 2 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Design: Conceptual Design
3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose.
3.2 Application of creative imagination, aesthetic judgement and critical evaluation in formulating design options

Design: Schematic Design
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.
4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Discuss colour psychology in architecture and how it can be applied informally through practical application
  • Describe the core elements of physiological response to colour in architecture
  • Access colour psychology in the built environment
  • Apply a simple colour analysis in a built environment setting
  • Identify the role of natural and artificial light in the context of colour psychology and design
  • Apply colour in an informed approach, that considers perceptual response in built environment projects
  • Demonstrate to clients the basic elements of colour psychology and application in architecture and design



    Dr Marisha McAuliffe is a full-time academic at Queensland University of Technology (AU) and sessional Course Director at University of Cambridge’s (UK) Institute of Continuing Education. Educated in interior architecture and holding a PhD in design thinking and cognitive science, she specialises in colour theory and application in the built environment.






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