I am interested in contemporary notions of Healing Architecture. My PhD project, therefore, is an investigation of a newly built psychiatric hospital in Denmark where the notion of healing architecture has been combined with the idea of recovery in the design of the building. I study how these purpose built psychiatric spaces and the psychiatric work taking place within them come to matter; how they might be constitutive of each other; and how this ongoing practical constitution-process can be theorized as a case of different modes of (spatial) ordering.
If future investments in psychiatric facilities, and healthcare facilities more broadly, are to be based on notions of ‘Healing Architecture’, knowledge about how this form of architecture matters in relation to (the organization of) work practices is important. By studying the architectural design combined with empirical and ethnographic studies of everyday life in psychiatric inpatient wards, I strive to gain new knowledge of what healing architecture might actually do in and for psychiatric work practices’.
Primary research areas
• Healing Architecture • Space & place in psychiatry • Studies of work
• Simonsen, Thorben (2017, June): (In)tensions of architecture and psychiatry: Exploring how space matters. Paper for the 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6-8, 2017. Sub-theme #34: Materiality in Organizing: Space, Technology, Artifacts
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Thorben Simonsen; Holger Højlund / Rummets grammatik : Helende arkitektur i psykiatrien. In: Politik, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2018, p. 22-42