ANFA 2016 – Connections: BridgeSynapses


​NewSchool of Architecture & Design is a proud sponsor of Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture ANFA 2016 - Connections: BridgeSynapses conference.

ANFA 2016 - Connections: BridgeSynapses
September 22-24, 2016
La Jolla, CA
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The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through a collaboration between architects and neuroscientists. We invite neuroscientists, architects and other professionals to present research and research-based design that will illuminate the neuroscience of the experience of architecture and design of the built environment, as well as the use of insights from neuroscience to develop new approaches to the design of intelligent buildings.

Communication, knowledge sharing, collaboration, partnership, integration, and relation to a broader context will permeate every aspect of ANFA 2016. The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Conference Speakers

ANFA 2016 will proudly feature three keynote speakers:

  • Eric Kandel, Nobel prize winner for his work on the neuroscience of learning and memory, will build on the themes of his brilliant book The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present.
  • Steven Holl, New York based American Architect, watercolorist, and winner of the 2014 AIA Gold medal will share the ideas that infuse his structures that masterfully blend space and light with a unique contextual awareness.
  • Thomas R. Fisher, director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota will extend insights from his seminal book In the Scheme of Things: Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture.

NewSchool of Architecture & Design President Marvin J. Malecha as well as many of our faculty members and students are presenting at the conference. President Malecha and NewSchool student Grace C. Lee will participate in an invited panel “Education at the Intersection of Architecture & Neuroscience” on Thursday, Sept. 22nd. Kurt Hunker, FAIA and Eve Edelstein, PhD are participating in “Towards a Critical Neuroaesthetics” contributed paper session on Friday, September 23rd.

About ANFA

The mission of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture is to promote and advance knowledge that links neuroscience research to a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment.

The Academy benefits from the expanding body of research that has evolved within the neuroscience community in the last two decades, and the promise of even more in the coming century. Some observers have characterized what is happening in neuroscience as the most exciting frontier of human knowledge since the Renaissance. All humanity stands to benefit from this research in countless ways still to be determined. The profession of architecture has become a partner in developing the application of this knowledge base in order to increase its ability to be of service to society.