There is no question that great architecture profoundly impacts the human experience. The spaces where we live, work, worship, play, shop, eat, sleep and learn are nearly as important as what we are doing while in these spaces. Whether we are always aware of the amount of planning and consideration an architect puts into their work, that time and effort greatly affect us. Not only does a building need to be visually beautiful and inviting, it must also effectively serve its purpose. The design of a building will either make one want to stay for some time, help to improve mood or health, or inspire an individual to make a purchase. For these reasons, architects consider how the structures they design will influence the moods of the individuals who enter the building, and what behaviors those structures will promote.
Expert architectural design is important in a school building so that it can become a center that fosters learning, and promotes social behaviors that aide in the development of good social skills. A well-designed classroom will be comfortable to one’s physical needs, well lit, visually appealing, well-designed acoustically, and should be easily heated and cooled when necessary. The materials that make up the room itself, as well as the color also all impact one’s mood and must be carefully considered when noting the intended use of a building.
Colors need careful selection to cater to the inhabitants of a building, according to the purpose for which the building is constructed. A daycare or school should be colored so that children feel safe and secure, and so that learning discovery activities are stimulating. Asian inspired designs often incorporate plant life within buildings and natural color elements as a result, which is conducive to lowering stress levels. Architects can implement water, trees, plants, as well as lights, sounds, colors, and shapes to build an environment and set a mood. Buildings set up the relationships between people and their interactions. Architects thus have a certain social responsibility because their work impacts and shapes our lives whether we are always aware of that or not.