DesignMind: Four Exceptional Days of Neuroscience for Architecture this Summer

President's Blog

At NewSchool, we are best known for the strength of our graduate and undergraduate programs, so our summer executive courses for AIA continuing education credits don’t always get as much attention. We have several impressive opportunities for established professionals, but there is one in particular I would like to call to your attention.

Our four-day Neuroscience for Architecture executive course in August has attracted guest speakers who are leaders in exploring the juncture of brain and the built environment:

  • Finnish architect, educator, and critic Juhani Pallasmaa. He is a leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design, and art culture. For more than 40 years, he has written and lectured extensively throughout the world on architecture and the visual arts, environmental psychology, and cultural philosophy.
  • Steven Holl, who leads an internationally renowned architecture and urban design office with locations in New York City and Beijing. He was one of the keynote speakers at last fall’s Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture conference.
  • Sergei Gepshtein, who is the founding director of the Collaboratory for Adaptive Sensory Technologies at the Salk Institute. With a background in neurobiology, psychology, and vision science, he brings a unique perspective on how visual systems organize information and shape our perception.
  • Our own Tatiana Berger who was just a guest lecturer at the Moscow Architecture School, where she led workshops on what architects can learn from neuroscience and the roles of emotion and empathy in the experiences of architecture and in the design process. She also teaches in our four-course Certificate in Neuroscience for Architecture.

By accepting only a small group of professionals to participate in day and evening events, we foster animated discussion and meaningful networking. You can learn more about our executive courses on our website or request information. I hope you will join us to explore this exciting intersection of neuroscience and architecture.

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