Sanjoy Mazumdar

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Professor, Urban Planning and Public Policy
School of Social Ecology
Affiliated Faculty, Asian American Studies
School of Humanities
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.C.P., M.I.T., Planning
M.Arch.A.S., M.I.T, Architecture
B. Arch. (Hons)., Indian Institute of Technology, Architecture
Phone: (949) 824-5046
Fax: (949) 824-8566
University of California, Irvine
School of Social Ecology
218H SEI
Mail Code: 7075
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Environmental Design Research - Cultural Aspects, Environmental Psychology, Architecture, Planning, Organizational Studies, Work Environments, Home Environments, Ethnic Neighborhoods.
Research Abstract
Summary of Research Interests: My research interests are in the following. (1) The interrelationships between cultures and their physical environments, organizational cultures and built environments, organizational ecology, physical and formative contexts of work, office buildings, ethnic and geographical cultures and subcultures and their vernacular architecture, social aspects of designed and built environments, culturally programmed environmental behaviors. (2) A second set of research interests takes a more pragmatic and policy orientation. Of interest are questions such as should architecture be responsive to social, behavioral and cultural preferences? What are the social implications of policies that violate cultural values, norms and preferences? What are the policy implications of design related interventions in social systems? (3) I am also interested in qualitative research methodology, particularly ethnographic research and the contributions it can make to studies in social ecology.

Current research projects:
"Vietnamese Cultural Conceptions of Home"
"Vietnamese Community of Little Saigon"
"Intergroup Social Relations and Architecture: Vernacular Architecture and Issues of Status, Power, and Conflict", in Environment and Behavior, 1997 (May) 29 (3):374-421
"How Birds of a Feather Flock Together in Organizations: The Phenomena of Socio-Physical Congregation and Distancing," in Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 1995:Spr:12(1):1-18.
"'Sir Please Do Not Take My Cubicle Away': The Phenomenon of Environmental Deprivation", in Environment and Behavior, 1992:Nov:24(6):690-722.
"How Programming Can Become Counterproductive: An Analysis of Assumptions in Programming." Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1992:Jan:12(1):65-91.
"Religious Traditions and Domestic Architecture: A Comparative Analysis of Zorastrian and Islamic Houses in Iran", in Journal of Architectural Planning Research. 1997. 14(2)(Aut): 181-208.
Professional Societies
Environmental Design Research Association
International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments
Other Experience
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