Organized in a lecture/studio format, the Master Class is a practice-oriented continuous program activity led by recognized experts in neuroscience and architectural education. Participants will engage in a research-based design process on individual and collaborative exercises that emphasize design thinking at the executive level. Topics include multimodal perceptual experience, light and space, wayfinding and memory.
Guest Lectures and Roundtable Discussions
Leaders in the field of neuroscience for architecture will discuss their work as it relates to building bridges between these two fields. Master Class presentations will be attended by most of these guest lecturers. Roundtable Discussions give participants an opportunity to engage in moderated conversations with guest presenters. These discussions follow major presentations and will explore lecture topics and current research.
A highlight of Tuesday’s activities will be the guided field trip to the world-famous Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Participants will hear about the institute’s work and will be treated to a special presentation on his current research by Dr. Thomas Albright, noted vision researcher at the Salk and a frequent guest speaker at NewSchool.
Additional Opportunities for Interaction
Participants will have ample opportunities for informal engagement with presenters and fellow professionals. Breakfasts and lunches at NewSchool, evening receptions and the Wednesday dinner are all designed to promote discussion and interaction. NewSchool’s downtown location near Balboa Park as well as the Gaslamp Quarter entertainment district provides convenient opportunities for interaction and socializing minutes from the school.
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture
NewSchool of Architecture and Design enjoys a close relationship with the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), whose formation occurred in San Diego and whose first home was NewSchool. ANFA’s founding president, John Eberhard, FAIA, taught the first neuroscience courses. Today, the faculty includes several summer program presenters: Gilbert Cooke, Tatiana Berger, Eduardo Macagno and Sergei Gepshtein. Gil, Eduardo, Sergei and Kurt Hunker, FAIA, Acting Dean of Architecture and Construction Management at NewSchool, are all members of the ANFA Board of Directors.