Orfield Laboratories, Inc.

Orfield Laboratories, Inc.

Theory and Practice. We experience the world based on human perception, and perception is a well researched field in psychology, philosophy, neuropsychology, medicine and many other fields. Yet the science of human perception in seldom used in formal design process. For four decades, we had assisted in design, research and testing in the areas of human perception.


Orfield Laboratories in the nation’s only multi-perceptual independent consulting laboratory, providing design, research and testing to the product development, architectural and research fields via the use of both objective and subjective measurement. Our orientation is to focus on perceptual comfort, cognitive clarity, satisfaction and preference as user experience benchmarks.


In architectural design, we assist in defining and measuring user needs and preferences, in development and execution of building performance standards, and in performing studies of occupancy quality and testing of subjective response to design.


In product development, we assist in defining and measuring user needs and preferences, studies of subjective response to product and testing of product performance.


We have provided consulting services across the United States and Canada, as well as to many clients in Europe and Asia.

The Quietest Place on Earth - Orfield Anechoic Chamber

The Quietest Place on Earth - Orfield Anechoic Chamber

Specialties. In architecture, we consult on many building types including offices, industrial, civic and government, schools, and higher education, healthcare, senior housing, hospitality, religious, multi-housing, retail, performing arts, sports. With a specialty in human perception, we approach each of these building types with a special focus on human comfort, performance and preference.  Many of our projects have been published in over 300 national articles about our firm and our work.

We have a specialty in perceptual and cognitive disabilities, and their application to universal design.  We have a strong interest in projects in the disability field, including aging, autism, mental illness, PTSD, SPD, ADHD, and we have in depth experience in senior housing and autism.

Orfield Labs - Lobby

Orfield Labs – Lobby

Philosophy. It is our belief that clients can do exceptional projects in normal budget ranges if the focus is on the user groups, and the budgets favor this focus. Really good projects are more about knowledge and the application of good process than about budgets.

Orfield Labs – Orfield and Sound 80 Display

Orfield Labs – Orfield and Sound 80 Display

Summary. Whether our clients are looking for single discipline consulting assistance or comprehensive research design and testing, the firm is a remarkable resource to add to the design team.