Neuroscience for Architecture, Urbanism and Design Executive Summer Course | August 13-17


Neuroscience for Architecture, Urbanism and Design Summer Intersession Program
NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego
August 13-17, 2018


NewSchool’s Neuroscience for Architecture, Urbanism 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 program provides the unique opportunity to learn from renowned neuroscientists, but also architects, authors, theoreticians, and teachers. 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. Richard Louv and Howard Blackson will also be featured lecturers in this program.

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 Welsh Library, design studios and the Materials Lab. Reading materials and master class supplies will be provided. Continental breakfasts, lunches and receptions are also included. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the program.

AIA Members: 12 HSW continuing education credits available

Program Cost:

All payments are non-refundable. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis due to extenuating circumstances.

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