Influence of Socio-Cultural and Economical aspects on Architectural Taste with relevance to Real Estate Development


  • H M K D Herath Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • M A N Rasanjalee Perera Department of Sociology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • D P Chandrasekara Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


Taste is perceivable in various ways by different people due to their sociocultural and economic backgrounds. Particularly, taste in the built environment is predominantly associated with the living, working, or visual experiencing a building. This paper investigates the influence of socio-cultural and economic factors on the development of architectural taste. The main objective of the study is to identify and examine the influence of socio-cultural and economic factors on the formation of taste in the built environment. The methodology adopted for the study is a comprehensive review and content analysis of existing literature on the subject. The combination of statistical data and qualitative insights from studies already conducted relevant to Aesthetic taste and Architectural taste were considered as the main sources of information. Conclusions were developed through scrutinizing and critically analyzing the gathered data and information. The study clearly shows that the socio-cultural factors such as social class, religion, education, occupation and place of residence, demographic factors such as sex, age, and economic factors such as financial status and demand are related to the issue making different levels of influences on architectural taste. Based on the main findings of the study, it is recommended that architects and policymakers should pay attention to the socio-cultural, economic as well as demographic factors of the occupants to achieve residential satisfaction in real estate development.

Keywords: Socio-Cultural factors, Economic factors, Architectural taste, Real Estate Development.