We live in spaces. Big spaces, small spaces, familiar spaces. Strange, funky, warm, homely, confusing, or alien spaces. We sleep, live, work, create, have fun, rest, or simply pass through them. And yet, so rarely we pay attention to their quality.

Just like your clothes, your buildings surround you all day long, every day. And just like your clothes, they simply do a better job if they fit you better.

My research is a journey through the understanding of space. But I'm not an architect and I'll never be one. I believe this fact helps me to look at buildings through the eyes of an everyday user. The science of designing things around users' needs is called usability. 
Hence, UsableSpaces.net.


Art Galleries and Curation
Art galleries are a very unique type of space where white empty walls and art itself are (almost) the only visual stimuli around. In such a situation, their spatial layout - i.e. the spatial arrangement of artworks and rooms - is what really steers the visitor experience. Read more >>

Wayfinding Through Orientation
Within Prof. Angela Schwering’s grant sponsored by the European Research Commissions we work on a new paradigm for wayfinding. Traditionally, wayfinding devices are dominated by turn-by-turn instructions which are easy to follow but leave the user disoriented. Can different types of instructions, for instance including local and global landmarks, help you get to your destination while letting you learn the new environment? See project website >>

Psychology and Architecture
I publish and teach at the intersection of Cognitive Psychology and Architecture. I am interested in how psychology can aid architecture in solving issues related to the usability of buildings. I study how space 'guides' our behaviour, our attention and our thinking. In my work I extensively use Mobile Eye-Tracking technology and publish on predicting where people look in space, based on the properties of this architectural space alone. Read more >>

Validity of Volunteered Geographic Information
Together with Rul von Stülpnagel from the Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Freiburg we explore the validity and reliability of opinion-based Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). Geo-positioned information voluneerely delivered by the citizens bears immense potential for urban planning. In our study-case we look closer at citizens’ reports on dangerous cycling spots in two German cities.

Are these subjective opinions representative of the real cycling danger in the given location? How can they be used in the process of planning and maintaining the cycling infrastructure? Read publication >>

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Early in my career I studied and worked in the field of HCI. I believe that user-centric design thinking and research methods commonly used in HCI could be very beneficial to architects in their design processes.
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Dr Jakub Krukar is a Cognitive Psychologist who completed his PhD at the Department of Architecture at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK. He is interested in linking formal descriptions of space with human behaviour and cognition. He currently works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Spatial Intelligence Lab at the Institute for Geoinformatics in Münster, Germany.

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