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 Adrienn Rokosni

Adrienn Rokosni

Research student, Welsh School of Architecture

Adrienn was awarded a degree in Architecture and she became a licensed architect in 2011. She worked on a wide range of projects arching from designing residential buildings and office buildings to industrial building design, historic building rehabilitation, interior design projects and public space design.

Ever since starting work as an architect Adrienn has been intrigued and attracted by the mysterious bond people have with their environments more specifically by the various psychological and behavioural effects the built environment can have on people.

The deep and genuine interest in understanding the people-environment connection and interaction prompted her to resume her studies at the University of Surrey where she embarked on a research focused Environmental Psychology postgraduate programme. Here, among others, she engaged in research bridging psychology and architecture by investigating the psychological impact of educational spaces on students and academic staff with focus on academic performance, health and well-being and she examined qualitatively the preference, perception and meaning making of young adults in relation to their home environments in the UK.

In 2014 Adrienn won an EPSRC funded research PhD studentship at the WSA and her main research area is understanding key triggers and mechanisms of human psyche and behaviour in conjunction with environmental and sustainability issues in the built environment.

Thesis

An Exploration of Environmental Behaviour – the transformative potential of sustainable building design for a generation in transition: learning from young adults’ experiences of moving into energy efficient accommodation

Given the ambitious aims in household energy usage reduction there has been a surge in research investigating related attitudes, motivations and behaviours. Although young adults present a series of qualities that could facilitate the development of pro-environmental behaviour little research has been done to understand the energy behaviour of this ever-increasing population segment.

The aim of the research is to contribute to long-term environmental and behavioural sustainability by revealing emerging adults’ perceptions and experiences on household energy behaviours and practices, considering the transitional phase of leaving the parental home and starting a new, independent life.

Due to the abstract nature of perceptions associated with energy usage and given the invisibility of energy consumption, the research will take a multidisciplinary approach deploying a series of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The results of the research would benefit the academia and the public in various ways. It would certainly fill a gap in missing knowledge on young people’s attitudes and actions regarding transitions of domestic energy behaviours and practices. In addition, policy makers could use these findings to build messages and interventions that target this population segment more efficiently. Finally yet importantly, the outcomes could inform design elements of modern technology based gamified interventions, moreover that young adults rely heavily on digital technology.