Social housing provision is not merely the case of providing sufficient numbers of dwellings but involves the understanding of the complex and symbolic interaction of tenants throughout their life cycle with this environment. There are inbuilt design affordances that allow the tenant an element of control and ability to create their personal version of an environment that reflects their personality. Matching tenants’ needs to the structure is therefore particularly important in creating feelings of satisfaction, well-being and attachment(Vestbro, Hürol & Wilkinson, 2005).The research question that evolves from this notion is “Does current social housing design in Scotland meet the needs of tenants?” Environmental Psychology is deeply entwined in trying to understand the mechanics of everyday life, from using the spaces we inhabit to interpreting the objects we observe, handle, sit upon and generally use (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 and shape, affordances that radiator, door and window position provide for personalising rooms, aesthetic judgments of style, colour and materials, emotional links, identity and place attachment and feelings of control.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, the pattern of room use, the activities that go on in them and the furniture which will be kept in it. Edwards (1974) and Darke (1984a,b&c)found architects expressed difficulty in designing for 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 user needs. There has been little research exploring how housing associations (HA) (the main provider of social housing in Scotland) determine the needs of end users. As non-profit making organisations, HAs are the primary structure for devolving control of housing decisions down to a local level.This study uses a qualitative approach to triangulate grounded data via focus groups and individual interviews to compare tenants, architects, and HA professional’s perceptions on social housing designs. Preliminary results suggested that architects in general expressed a keenness to interact with tenants but did not show any clear practical application of it. In contrast tenants viewed any interaction they had with architects as superfluous as architects tended, in their view to “do what they wanted anyway”. HAs seemed not to engage tenants in design issues and had rigid views on how much design involvement architects should have. This paper will further discuss common areas and indeed gaps that exist between each of these key stakeholders and the implications for social housing provision, design and use.