David Seamon (PhD, 1977, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts USA) is a Professor of Environment-Behavior and Place Studies in the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Trained in behavioral geography and environment-behavior research, he is interested in a phenomenological approach to place, architecture, environmental experience, and environmental design as place making.

His books include: A Geography of the Lifeworld (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979/Routledge Revival series, 2015); The Human Experience of Space and Place (edited with Anne Buttimer, London: Croom Helm, 1980); Dwelling, Place and Environment: Toward a Phenomenology of Person and World (edited with Robert Mugerauer; New York: Columbia University Press, 1989); Dwelling, Seeing, and Designing: Toward a Phenomenological Ecology (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1993); and Goethe’s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature (edited with Arthur Zajonc, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1998). Seamon’s A GEOGRAPHY OF THE LIFEWORLD was reprinted in Routledge’s “Revival” series in 2015. His book, LIFE TAKES PLACE, will be published by Routledge in 2018.

He is editor of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, which celebrated its 25th year of publication in 2014.

DOIs for many of my books, articles, and chapters are available at the ORCHID website at https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3709-7398

Dr. David Seamon, Architecture Department, Kansas State University, 211 Seaton Hall, Manhattan, KS. 66506-2901 USA. Tel 1-785-532-5953; triad@ksu.edu

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PhD, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, 1977

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Publications: 2000-2018 only

2018    Architecture and Phenomenology, in D. Lu, ed. The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History. London: Routledge, in press.

2018    Merleau-Ponty, Lived Body, and Place: Toward a Phenomenology of Human Situatedness, in T. Hünefeldt and A. Schlitte, eds., Situatedness and Place. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, in press.

2018    Well-being and Phenomenology: Lifeworld, Natural Attitude, Homeworld and Place, in K. Galvin, ed. A Handbook of Well-being. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

2017    Architecture, Place, and Phenomenology: Buildings as Lifeworlds, Atmospheres, and Environmental Wholes, a chapter in Janet Donohoe (ed.), Phenomenology and Place (pp. 247-263). Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.

2017    A Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Reading of Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Central Library, a chapter in Ruth Conway Dalton and Christopher Hölscher (eds.), Take One Building: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives on the Seattle Central Library (pp. 50-65). London: Routledge.

2017    Hermeneutics and Architecture: Buildings-in-Themselves and Interpretive Trustworthiness, a chapter in Bruce Janz (ed.), Hermeneutics, Space, and Place (pp. 347-360). NY: Springer.

2016    Qualitative Approaches to Environment-Behavior Research: Understanding Environmental and Place Experiences, Meanings, and Actions, a chapter co-authored with Harneet Gill in Robert Gifford (ed.), Research Methods for Environmental Psychology (pp. 115-135). New York: Wiley/Blackwell.

2016    Christopher Alexander and a Phenomenology of Wholeness, a chapter in Kyriakos Pontikis & Yodan Rofѐ (eds.), .In Pursuit of a Living Architecture: Continuing Christopher Alexander’s Quest for a Humane and Sustainable Building Culture (pp. 50-66). Champaign, IL: Common Ground.

2016    Integrating Wonderment and Practicality: Lifeworld, Architectural Design, and Christopher Alexander’s Phenomenology of Wholeness, in Arckitektur & Designpaedagogik [“Architecture & Design Pedagogy”], Finn Thorbjørn Hansen, editor (pp. 354-369). Aarhus, Denmark :  Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole Københaven, og Designskolen Kolding.

2015    Understanding Place Holistically: Cities, Synergistic Relationality, and Space Syntax, Journal of Space Syntax [special issue on conceptual approaches edited by S. Griffiths and V. Netto], vol. 6, no. 1 (summer), pp. 32-43.

2015    The Phenomenological Contribution to Interior Design Education and Research: Place, Environmental Embodiment, and Architectural Sustenance, in The Handbook of Interior Design, Jo An Asher Thompson and Nancy H. Blossom, editors (pp. 417-31). Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell.

2015    Situated Cognition and the Phenomenology of Place: Lifeworld, Environmental Embodiment, and Immersion-in-World, Cognitive Processes. Vol. 16, no. 1 (supplement), pp. 389-92. DOI 10.1007/s10339-015-0678-9.

2015    Lived Emplacement and the Locality of Being: A Return to Humanistic Geography? in Approaches to Human Geography, 2nd edition, Stuart Aitken and Gill Valentine, editors (pp. 35-48). London: Sage.

2014    Place Attachment and Phenomenology: The Synergistic Dynamism of Place, in Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Research, Lynne Manzo and Patrick Devine-Wright, editors (pp. 11-22). New York: Routledge/Francis & Taylor.

2014    Looking at a Photograph—André   Kertész’s 1928 Meudon: Interpreting Aesthetic Experience Phenomenologically, Academic Quarter [Akademisk Kvarter], vol. 9 (Autumn), pp. 322-35.

2014    Physical and Virtual Environments: Meaning of Place and Space, in Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, 12th Edition, B. Schell & M. Scaffa, editors (pp. 202-14). Philadelphia: Wippincott, Williams & Wilkens.

2013    Environmental Embodiment, Merleau-Ponty, and Bill Hillier’s Theory of Space Syntax: Toward a Phenomenology of People-in-Place, in Rethinking Aesthetics: The Role of Body in Design, Ritu Bhatt, editor (pp. 204-13).  New York: Routledge.

2013    Lived Bodies, Place, and Phenomenology: Implications for Human Rights and Environmental Justice, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, vol. 4, no. 2 (September) pp. 143-66 [invited, blind-peer reviewed article for a special issue on “human bodies and material space”].

2013    Phenomenology and Uncanny Homecoming: Homeworld, Alienworld, and Being-at-Home in Alan Ball’s HBO Television Series, Six Feet Under, in Resisting the Place of Belonging, Daniel Boscaljon, editor (pp. 155-70). Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate.

2012    “A Jumping, Joyous Urban Jumble”: Jane Jacobs’s Death and Life of Great American Cities as a Phenomenology of Urban Place, Journal of Space Syntax, vol. 3 (fall), pp. 139-49.

2012    Place, Place Identity, and Phenomenology,  a chapter in The Role of Place Identity in the Perception, Understanding, and Design of the Built Environment, Hernan Casakin et al., editors (pp. 3-21). London: Betham Science Publishers.

2011    Seeing and Animating the City: A Phenomenological Ecology of Natural and Built Worlds, a chapter in The Natural City, Ingrid Stefanovic, editor (pp. 231-256). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2010    Gaston Bachelard’s Topoanalysis in the 21st Century: The Lived Reciprocity between Houses and Inhabitants as Portrayed by American Writer Louis Bromfield. In Phenomenology 2010, ed. Lester Embree (pp. 225-43). Bucharest: Zeta Books.

2010    Phenomenology. In B. Warf, ed., Encyclopedia of Geography, vol. 4 (pp. 2165-69), London: Sage.

2010    Relph, Edward (1944–). In B. Warf, ed., Encyclopedia of Geography, vol. 5 (pp. 2410-11), London: Sage.

2009    Existential geography, co-authored with Jacob Sowers. In R. Kitchin and N. Thrift, eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. vol. 3 (pp. 666-71), Oxford: Elsevier.

2008    Place, Placelessness, Insideness, and Outsideness in John Sayles’ Sunshine State. In Aether [blind peer-reviewed on-line “Journal of Media Geography”] vol. 3 (June), pp. 1-19; available at: http://geogdata.csun.edu/~aether/pdf/volume_03/seamon.pdf.

2008    Place, Belonging, and Environmental Humility: The Experience of “Teched” as Portrayed by American Novelist and Agrarian Reformer Louis Bromfield. In Writings in Place: John Burroughs and his Legacy, ed. D. Payne (pp. 158-73). Newcastle, Great Britain: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2008    A Phenomenology of Inhabitation: The Lived Reciprocity between Houses and Inhabitants as Portrayed by American Writer Louis Bromfield, Proceedings: 2008 ACSA Annual Meeting, Houston, Washington, DC: ACSA Press.

2008    Place and Placelessness by Edward C. Relph, co-authored with Jacob Sowers. An entry in Key Texts in Human Geography, Phil Hubbard, Rob Kitchen, and Gil Valentine, eds. (pp. 43-51). London: Sage.

2007    Karsten Harries’ Natural Symbols as a Means for Interpreting Architecture: Inside and Outside in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea, co-authored with Enku Mulugeta Assefa. In Wolkenkuckucksheim, [on-line architectural journal] vol. 12, no. 1 (August), pp. 1-7; available at:http://www.tu-cotbus.de/theo/Wolke/eng/Subjects/071/Seamon/seamon_assefa.htm.

2007    A Lived Hermetic of People and Place: Phenomenology and Space Syntax [keynote address], in A. Sema Kubat et al., eds., Proceedings, 6th International Space Syntax Symposium, vol. 1, pp. iii-1-16. Istanbul: ITU, Faculty of Architecture; available at:


2006    Interconnections, Relationships, and Environmental Wholes: A Phenomenological Ecology of Natural and Built Worlds, in Melissa Geib (ed.), To Renew the Face of the Earth: Phenomenology and Ecology (pp. 53-86). Pittsburgh: Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center.

2006    A Geography of Lifeworld in Retrospect: A Response to Shaun Moores, Particip@tions, 3, 2 (November) [Particip@tions is an on-line peer-reviewed professional journal of media and communication studies; available at: http://www.participations.org/].

2005    Goethe’s Way of Science as a Phenomenology of Nature, Janus Head, 8 (1): 86-101 [Janus Head is a biannual journal of “interdisciplinary studies in literature, continental philosophy, phenomenological psychology and the arts”].

2005     Grasping the Dynamism of Urban Place: Contributions from the Work of Christopher Alexander, Bill Hillier, and Daniel Kemmis, in Tom Mels (ed.), Reanimating Places (pp. 123-45). Burlington, Vt: Ashgate.

2004    Revealing Environmental and Place Wholes: Lessons from Christopher Alexander’s Theory of Wholeness and Bill Hillier’s Space Syntax, Environmental Philosophy, 1 (1): 13-33.

2003    Connections that Have a Quality of Necessity: Goethe’s Way of Science as a Phenomenology of Nature, in Back to Earth, March, 4 (1): 3-11 [journal of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy].

2002    Physical Comminglings: Body, Habit, and Space Transformed into Place, in Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 22 (winter): 42S-51S.

2001    Olana after Frederic Church, co-written with Karen Zukowski, in Frederic Church’s Olana: Architecture and Landscape as Art. (pp. 67-74). Hensonville, NY: Black Dome Press.

2000    A Way of Seeing People and Place: Phenomenology in Environment-Behavior Research. In S. Wapner, J. Demick, T. Yamamoto, and H Minami (Eds.), Theoretical Perspectives in Environment-Behavior Research (pp. 157-78).  New York: Plenum  [reprinted in  Turkish in Mimarlik Kulturu Dergisi [Magazine of Architectural Culture], 2 (spring-summer): 36-60].

2000    Concretizing Heidegger’s Notion of Dwelling: The Contributions of Thomas Thiis-Evensen and Christopher Alexander, in Building and Dwelling [Bauen und Wohnen], edited by Eduard Führ. Munich, Germany: Waxmann Verlag GmbH; New York: Waxmann, 2000, pp. 189-202.



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