Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) is a practice that analyzes built environment after it has been occupied by its users and studies the gap between the initial architectural design goals and how the environment is adopted by those users. The first section of the article depicts the history of this practice, its main stages and the diverse conclusions that can be gleaned. The second section of the article is a critical analysis of the approaches used in the most recent evaluations. This analysis demonstrates a growing tendency to emphasize technological and functional dimensions of architectural design rather than sociological ones.
Keywords: Post-occupancy Evaluation, POE, Architectural design, Built environment, urban sociology.