The Scottish Government is proposing to increase its budget on Social Housing to £1.5billion over the next several years. This may or may not be sufficient to enable them to reach their goal of improving the availability and access to social housing, however, the question that would still remain is: “are the designs of social housing currently being constructed in Scotland meeting the needs of tenants?” The Parker Morris Report(1961); Homes for Today and Tomorrow, suggests the way to design rooms within social dwellings is dependent on the architect having some form of knowledge relating to, not only, the pattern of use in the room but the activities that go on in it and the furniture which will be kept in it. Edwards (1974) and Darke (1984) found architects expressed difficulty in designing for the people living in social housing and suggested the only way to design was to design from their own experiences and to their own preferences as the primary guide to the needs of tenants (Edwards, 1974; Darke, 1984). Recent research suggests this perception has not appreciably changed (Heijs, 2007, Popov, 2002) Environmental Psychology as an academic discipline is deeply entwined in trying to understand the mechanics of every day life, from using the spaces we inhabit to interpreting the objects we observe, handle, sit upon and generally use. In the process of this interaction it is important to understand how people appreciate their environments and how this informs their behaviours (Brebner, 1982). Examining how tenants judge the built spaces they inhabit and whether their needs are being met can be based on a number of variables, such as: preferences of room size or shape, aesthetic judgments of style and materials used in constructing the building, emotional links to the home and community, satisfaction levels, feeling of control, impressions of risk and safety. In the context of the residential environments, there are few studies that provide information on the transactions between people and their built environments in terms of social housing (Vestbro, Hürol & Wilkinson, 2005). The approach of this study is to use the method of triangulation of data from focus groups, individual interviews and questionnaires to compare tenants and architects perceptions on social housing. It is hoped that by investigating what a home means to tenants and architects in terms of design, how people use their homes and functionality of different rooms, to understand if there are gaps between their perceptions of social housing use and designs.