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. Noted neuroscientists will describe current research and discuss its implications for design. This course is intended for licensed architects, urban designers, planners, design professionals, healthcare industry professionals, doctoral candidates and post-graduate students in architecture and related fields. 12 Health, Safety and Wellness AIA Continuing Education Credits available.

Included in the program cost is four full days of instruction and interaction in a range of activities from guest lectures to master classes to a Salk Institute field trip. Participants have access to NewSchool facilities including the Richard Welch Library, design studios and the Materials Lab. Reading materials and master class supplies will be provided. Continental breakfasts, lunches, receptions and the Wednesday dinner are also included.


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.


Leaders in the field of neuroscience for architecture will discuss their work as it relates to building bridges between these two fields. Special guest lectures and panel discussions will be held, featuring renowned architect Steven Holl, FAIA and noted Finnish architect/author/critic Juhani Pallasmaa, Hon. FAIA. Joining them will be NewSchool neuroscience faculty members Gil Cooke, FAIA and Tatiana Berger, Assoc. AIA along with guests Gordon Chong, Ph.D, FAIA and Alison Whitelaw, FAIA. Prominent neuroscientists featured in the program include Fred Gage, Ph.D, Thomas Albright, Ph.D and Sergei Gepshtein, Ph.D of the Salk Institute and Eduardo Macagno, Ph.D Founding Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego.


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 Thomas Albright, Ph.D, noted vision researcher at the Salk and a frequent guest speaker at NewSchool.


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.


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 Eberhart, 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.

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

Program Fee: $2,500

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