Neuroscience for Architecture

Four-Day Executive Course: Neuroscience for Architecture

Program Dates: August 14th - 17th, 2017

NewSchool of Architecture & Design is offering a four-day executive level course in Neuroscience for Architecture. The exciting course guides architecture/design/neuroscience professionals in an exploration of the juncture of brain and the built environment. Program participants develop a working knowledge of the brain and learn aspects of how it processes spatial cues. Studio work in the program utilizes evidence-based design approach, grounding architectural concepts in neuroscience. 12 Health, Safety and Wellness AIA Continuing Education Credits available.

The four-day program consists of lectures by world-renowned faculty, workshops, field trips, and networking, as well as access to NewSchool facilities including the Welch Library, Design Studios and Materials Lab. Continental breakfasts and lunches are included daily, along with a reception and dinner during the final evening of the program. NewSchool is excited to announce special guest lectures and panel discussions with renowned architect Steven Holl, FAIA and noted Finnish architect/author/critic Juhani Pallasmaa. Joining them will be NewSchool neuroscience faculty members Gil Cooke, FAIA and Tatiana Berger along with guests Gordon Chong, FAIA and Alison Whitelaw, FAIA. Prominent neuroscientists featured in the program include Thomas Albright, Fred Gage (invited) and Sergei Gepshtein of the Salk Institute and Eduardo Macagno, Founding Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego.

Benefits of completing your AIA Continuing Education Credits with NewSchool:

  • AIA Members receive 15% course discount
  • Four-day residency on our San Diego campus
  • Enjoy renowned guest speakers and networking opportunities
  • 12 Health, Safety and Welfare AIA Continuing Education credits

Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect, educator, and critic, Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA, is a leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design, and art culture. The 1999 recipient of the International Union of Architects’ Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural criticism, Pallasmaa has written and lectured extensively throughout the world for more than 40 years on architecture and the visual arts, on environmental psychology, and on cultural philosophy. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.


Steven Holl Architects is a 40-person innovative architecture and urban design office working globally as one office from two locations; New York City and Beijing. Steven Holl leads the office with senior partner Chris McVoy and junior partner Noah Yaffe. Steven Holl Architects is internationally-honored with architecture’s most prestigious awards, publications and exhibitions for excellence in design. Steven Holl Architects has realized architectural works nationally and overseas, with extensive experience in the arts (including museum, gallery, and exhibition design), campus and educational facilities, and residential work. Other projects include retail design, office design, public utilities, and master planning.


Sergei Gepshtein, is the founding director of the Collaboratory

for Adaptive Sensory Technologies at the Salk Institute. He studies visual perception and visually guided behavior using methods of sensorimotor psychophysics and computational neuroscience. One of Sergei’s long-standing interests is the interaction between two aspects of visual perception: the entry process called early vision and the constructive process called perceptual organization. Early vision captures visual information and thus determines the boundaries between the visible and invisible. Perceptual organization creates visual meaning; it constructs our visual experience (the “visual world”) from the information captured by early vision. Gepshtein’s education includes: MSc in Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, PhD in Psychology, University of Virginia, and Postdoctoral Fellow in Vision Science, University of California at Berkeley.


Tatiana Berger holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a B.A. in Architecture from the

University of California, Berkeley. Ms.Berger has more than 20 years of international experience in professional practice and education. She has served as a project manager and architect with Alvaro Siza Architects, Portugal; senior manager of the 2014 Sochi Olympics project, ILF Consulting Engineers, Austria/Russia; project manager with Baumschlager-Eberle, Austria; designer with Richard Meier and Partners, New York. During her time in New York and Europe, she studied with eminent historians and architectural critics, Kenneth Frampton, Alan Colquhoun, William JR Curtis, and Juhani Pallasmaa. She worked with two Pritzker-Prize winning architects to design and build diverse, international projects: public libraries and museums in northern Portugal, commercial and residential buildings in Lisbon, single-family housing in Beijing, a school of art and design in Pasadena, and an office tower in the Netherlands. In addition to architecture, Berger’s professional experience includes landscape design and urban planning, furniture/product design, and construction administration. Her numerous built works and collaborations were published in international periodicals and presented in exhibitions in Lisbon, Madrid, Moscow, and Venice.

Program Fee: $2,500

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