Dr. phil. Saskia Kuliga


Institution: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Architektur
Professur Informatik in der Architektur
Belvederer Allee 1
D-99423 Weimar

Tel.: (+49-3643-58) 4198
eMail: saskia.kuliga[at]uni-weimar.de

 room: 203



Saskia Kuliga is a post-doctoral researcher and environmental psychologist. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on how individuals behave in, perceive and evaluate large-scale, real and virtual, architectural environments.

Research projects

2017 - 2018: Bauhaus Post-Doc Stipendium für eigene Forschung; “Converging perspectives – Using virtual reality to evaluate user-centred architecture”

2014 - 2017: ESUM - Analysing trade-offs between the energy and social performance of urban morphologies. In direct collaboration with ETH Zürich (Gerhard Schmitt, Reinhard König, Matthias Standfest). (More information: http://infar.architektur.uni-weimar.de/service/drupal-infar/esum )

2013 - 2018: Guest Researcher ETH Zürich (Arbeitsplatzvereinbarung)


02/2012 - 01/2015 // PhD in Psychology. Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Center for Cognitive Science, former transregional research center "Spatial Cognition" (DFG: SFB/TR8). Direct collaboration with ETH Zürich. Doctoral Thesis: "Evaluating User Experience and Behavior in Complex, Architectural  Buildings" (Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Christoph Hölscher, ETH Zürich; Prof. Dr. Evelyn Ferstl, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Riklef Rambow, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology); Doctoral Thesis submitted: 05. September 2016; Disputation: 07. November 2016. (DOI: 10.6094/UNIFR/11386)

09/2005 - 12/2010 // Master of Science in Behavioral Psychology. Specialization: Environmental Psychology. University of Twente, The Netherlands. Thesis: “Effects of an Image of Eyes on Implicit Activation of Norms of Compliance and on Hand Hygiene Behavior.” (Betreuer: Dr. Karin Tanja-Dijkstra). // Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Thesis: "Voice or tune? Effects of Vocal and Instrumental Music on Dental Anxiety.” // Minor "Sustainable Development", 4-month Internship in Plettenberg Bay, South-Africa.


WS 17/18 Spatial Cognition for Architectural Design 
WS 17/18 Design by Research (assistance of vertr.-Prof Sven Schneider)
SS 13
Human Computer Interaction and Usability (together with Verena Schnitzler)
WS 12/13 Navigationsverhalten in Stadt & Innenräumen, Virtual Reality Techniken & Simulation (Assistance of Prof. Christoph Hölscher; together with Rul von Stülpnagel)

2017/18 Following training for University Teaching Certificate (HIT)


Kuliga, S.F., Thrash, T., Dalton, R., & Hölscher, C. (2015). Virtual Reality as Empirical Research Tool – Exploring User Experience in a Real Building and a Corresponding Virtual Model. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 363-375. (Access: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019897151530017X ).

Dalton, R., Kuliga, S., & Hölscher, C. (2013). POE 2.0: Exploring the Potential of Social Media for capturing Unsolicited Post occupancy Evaluations. Intelligent Buildings International, 5, 3, 162–180. (Access: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17508975.2013.800813#.Umo7XnDjdAc).

Kuliga, S.F.*, Nelligan, B. , Dalton, R.C. , Marchette, S.,  Shelton, A.L.,  Carlson, L., Hölscher, C.  (in review since 2018). Wayfinding strategies, orientation skills and building characteristics during navigation in the Seattle Central Library. Submitted to: Environment & Behavior. 

Ojha, Griego, Kuliga, Bielik, Bus, Schaeben, Treyer, Standfest, Schneider, Konig, Donath, Schmitt (in review since 2018). Machine learning approaches to understand the influence of urban environments on human’s physiological response .Submitted to:Information Science.

Natapov, A., Kuliga, S., Dalton, R.C., & Hölscher, C. (in review since 2016). Linking building-circulation typology and wayfinding: Design, spatial analysis and perceived wayfinding difficulty of circulation archetypes. Submitted to: Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.

Conference proceedings: long-papers with academic talk (peer-reviewed)

Kuliga, S., Dalton, R., & Hölscher, C. (2013). Aesthetic and Emotional Appraisal of the Seattle Public Library and its relation to spatial configurationProceedings of the Ninth International Space Syntax Symposium 2013, Seoul, South-KoreaEds: Kim, Y.O., Park, H.T., Seo, K.W., Sejong University; 077: 1-17. (Accesshttp://www.sss9.or.kr/paperpdf/scb/SSS9_2013_REF077_P.pdf)

Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., Hölscher, C., Dalton, R.C., Kunert, A., Kulik, A., & Donath, D. (2013). Educating Architecture Students to Design Buildings from the Inside Out: Experiences from a Research-based Design Studio. Proceedings of the Ninth International Space Syntax Symposium, Seoul, South-Korea. Eds: Kim, Y.O., Park, H.T., Seo, K.W., Sejong University, 001: 1-18. (Access: http://sss9.or.kr/paperpdf/ADP/SSS9_2013_REF001_P.pdf)

Natapov, A., Kuliga, S., Dalton, R.C., & Hölscher, C. (2015). Building circulation typology and Space Syntax predictive measures. Proceedings of the Tenth International Space Syntax Symposium, London, United Kingdom; Curated Session: "Spatial Cognition." Eds: Karimi, K., Vaughan, L., Sailer, K., Palaiologou, G., & Bolton, T.; University College London, Bloomsbury, 30:1-16. (Access: http://www.sss10.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/proceedings). 

Bielik, M., Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., Valášek, M., & Donath, D. (2015). Investigating the effect of Urban Form on the Environmental Appraisal of Streetscapes. Proceedings of the Tenth International Space Syntax Symposium, London, United Kingdom. Eds: Karimi, K., Vaughan, L., Sailer, K., Palaiologou, G., & Bolton, T.; University College London, Bloomsbury, 119:1-13. (Access: http://www.sss10.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/proceedings).

Frölich, J., Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., & Donath, D. (2015). Raumsynth – An experimental setup for investigating the relationships between urban form and spatial experience based on Fechner’s Method of Production. Proceedings of the Tenth International Space Syntax Symposium, London, United Kingdom. Eds: Karimi, K., Vaughan, L., Sailer, K., Palaiologou, G., & Bolton, T.; University College London, Bloomsbury, 122:1-14. (Access: http://www.sss10.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/proceedings).

Triemer, M., Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., König, R., & Donath, D. (2017). A web-based prototype survey method, exemplarily applied on activity allocations in apartment floor plans and their spatial properties. Proceedings of 11th Space Syntax Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal (Acces: http://www.11ssslisbon.pt/docs/1-buildings-and-architecture.pdf).

Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., Fuchkina, E. & Weiser, R. (in review since 2018). VREVAL - A Virtual Reality based Framework for user-centered evaluation of complex buildings. Ecaade Conference Proceedings 2018.

Fischer, P.T. , Kuliga, S., Eisenberg, M. & Amin, I. (in review since 2018). Space is a Product: Using AttrakDiff to identify spatial impact on User Experience with Media Facades. Submitted to: Pervasive Displays Conference Proceedings 2018.

Book chapters (peer-reviewed)

Kuliga, S.F., Standfest, M., Schneider, S., Bielik, M., König, R., Donath, D., Schmitt, G. (2017). From Real to Virtual and Back – A Multi-Method Approach for Investigating the Impact of Urban Morphology on Human Spatial Experiences. In: The Virtual And The Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications. Eds: Yamu, C., Poplin, A., Devisch, O., de Roo, G. Asghate/Routledge, ISBN-13: 978-1138283480 (estimated release: october 2017)

Kuliga, S. (2016). Emotional Responses to Locations in the Seattle Public Library. In: Take one Building. Eds: Dalton, R.C., & Hölscher, C. Asghate/Routledge. ISBN: 9781472471147 (hbk); 107 ff. (https://www.routledge.com/Take-One-Building--Interdisciplinary-Research-...)

Dalton, R.C. & Kuliga, S. (2016). Using social media to gather users’ feedback of the Seattle Central Library. In: Take one Building. Eds: Dalton, R.C., & Hölscher, C. Asghate/Routledge. ISBN: 9781472471147 (hbk); 107 ff. (https://www.routledge.com/Take-One-Building--Interdisciplinary-Research-...)

Short-papers, conference proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Kuliga, S., Dalton, R., Hölscher, C., & Tomko, M. (2014). Tools, Stages and Perspective-Taking during the Architectural Design Process: Preliminary Results from a university-building case-study in Australia. Proceedings of Spatial Cognition 2014 Workshop: Design cognition and behavior: Usability in the built environment. In Emo, B., Varoudis, T. (Eds.). Bremen: Universität Bremen/Universität Freiburg; 18-22. (Access: http://conference.spatial-cognition.de/SC2014/sites/conference.spatial-cognition.de.SC2014/files/SFB_TR8Rep038-09_2014.pdf)

Kuliga, S., Beinhofer, M., Langenfeld, V., Fleckenstein, F., Dufner, S., Von Stülpnagel, R., Burgard, W., & Hölscher, C. (2014). Spatial Ambiguity in Indoor Environments – A Comparison Between the Human and the Robot Perspective of Spatial Ambiguity Identification. Proceedings of Spatial Cognition Conference 2014 Poster Presentations, Bremen, Germany, 64-67. (Access: www.sfbtr8.spatial-cognition.de/aigaion/index.php/attachments/single/768).

von Stülpnagel, R., Kuliga, S., Büchner, S.J., & Hölscher, C. (2014). Supra-individual Consistencies in Navigator-driven Landmark Placement for Spatial Learning. 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada, 1706-1711. (Access: https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2014/papers/297/paper297.pdf).

Other journals, short-papers, media (NOT peer reviewed)

Kuliga, S., Weiser, R., Falke, S., & Schneider, S. (2018). Nutzerzentrierte Gebäudeevaluation mittels Virtueller Realität. Submitted to: EI - Der Eisenbahningenieur: Internationale Fachzeitschrift für Schienenverkehr & Technik. (German journal for engineers), Heft 4/18, Verband Deutscher Eisenbahn-Ingenieure e.V. (VDEI), Frankfurt/Main.

In preparation for 2018
Natapov, A., Kuliga, S., Dalton, R.C., & Hölscher, C.  (preparation!). Effects of Circulation Type and Building Layout on Wayfinding Behavior - Towards a pre-occupancy evaluation by using virtual reality simulation.

Wackernagel & Kuliga. "Future Work Places"/working title (preparation!), for: Umweltpsychologie 1/2019.

Research interest / tags
Psychology, Architecture, Buildings, Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Pre-Occupancy Evaluation, Evidence-based design, Usability, User-Experience, Building usability, HCI, HMI, wayfinding, orientation, navigation.