Bridging the Affective Appraisal Gap

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The process of architectural design often involves a significant gap in affective appraisal between architects and end-users, leading to potential mismatches in the emotional experience intended by designers and the perceived experience of occupants. This research explores the adaptation of the lens model to address this affective appraisal gap through the integration of virtual simulation techniques. The study utilizes the virtual simulation environments of a case study to create a platform that enables architects and users to collaboratively engage in the design process. Through a paired comparison questionnaire, the adapted lens model is then applied to analyze the affective appraisal data generated during these simulations, aiming to identify patterns, correlations, and areas of divergence in the emotional responses of architects and users. The data analysis showed quantifiable relationships between the affective appraisals of architectural environments and their physical characteristics. The research contributes to the ongoing discourse on user-centered design methodologies and lays a framework for a more inclusive approach to architectural practice that resonates more harmoniously with the intended emotional experiences of occupants.