Neuroscience for Architecture and Design Summer Intersession Program

Neuroscience for Architecture and Design Summer Intersession Program

NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego
August 13-17, 2018


NewSchool’s Neuroscience for Architecture and Design Summer Intersession Program guides architecture and design professionals in an exploration of the juncture of the brain and the built environment. Program participants develop a working knowledge of the brain and learn about aspects of its ability to process spatial cues. Studio work conducted through “master classes” utilizes an 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.

This summer’s program expands beyond architecture to consider research-oriented questions in urbanism and design. Special sessions will offer insights into how the foundational work in neuroscience for architecture may be applied to cities, building interiors and products.

NewSchool is excited to announce special guest lectures and panel discussions with renowned New York architect Billie Tsien and distinguished authors and critics Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Perez-Gomez. Joining them will be NewSchool neuroscience faculty members Tatiana Berger, Michael Stepner and Kristine Mun along with guest presenters. Prominent neuroscientists featured in the program include Fred Gage, Thomas Albright and Sergei Gepshtein of the Salk Institute, Eduardo Macagno and Michael Arbib of UC San Diego, Eve Edelstein of the Human Experience Lab at Perkins + Will San Francisco and Colin Ellard of the University of Waterloo.

Included in the program cost is four full days of instruction and interaction in a range of activities from guest lectures to master classes. An optional Salk Institute/Scripps Research Institute field trip is included and scheduled for Friday. 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 and receptions are also included.

Program Cost: $2500 per participant
AIA Members: 12 HSW continuing education credits available

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If you have any questions, contact us at or (619) 684-8867.