The Application of Colour in Architecture

The Application of Colour in Architecture

The Application of Colour in Architecture

2 Formal CPD Points

Available on demand


Colour has always played a large role in human society and in the spaces we live and interact. We are constantly absorbing environments and their colours, and our brains process these colours as messages, drawing conclusions and setting expectations, however objective or subjective. When colour is used in architecture and interior design, it means much more than a simple aesthetic choice.

In this context, the seminar aims to highlight the role that colour plays in architecture through a historical approach of the phenomenon of colour application, as well as assisting in the practical application of colour in architecture.


This presentation is equivalent to 2 hours/points 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:

  • Describe the contextual use of colour in architecture from a historical perspective;
  • Engage in discussion around the application of colour in the built environment;
  • Undertake a simple colour analysis in a built environment context;
  • Apply colour in an informed way in built environment projects;
  • Explain to their clients the documented benefits of colour application in space.



    Academic and Lecturer, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology 

    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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