Kristine Mun PhD, M.Arch, SBA

(Registered Architect, The Netherlands)
Associate Professor: NewSchool of Architecture + Design (NSAD)
Head of Neuroscience for Architecture Certificate Program, (NSAD)
Founder: NeuroDesign Lab (2019)
Director: SENSElab (2011) experimental design lab on senses, sensors and sensitivities
Principal: studioMUN (2003) architecture + design + interiors + landscape


Kristine Mun (Ph.D.) earned her doctorate degree from the Architectural Association in London, Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and B.S. Design from Arizona State University. As an architect, artist, experimental designer and professor, she shares her diverse background and perspectives as the Head of Neuroscience for Architecture Program at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design. She is a registered architect in The Netherlands and currently runs a small practice in Los Angeles. She has previously taught at USC, UMN, AADRL-Architectural Association, Univ. of Brighton, Pratt Institute and conducted workshops at U-Penn, Berlage (Rotterdam), Ion Mincu (Bucharest) and Tsinghua Univ (Shanghai).

Kristine Mun has exhibited in numerous international exhibitions including: Latent Utopias curated by Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher, Graz, (2002), Non-Standard Architecture at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2003), Venice Biennale 9-11 Towers USA Pavilion, Venice (2003), International Architecture Beijing Biennale Beijing, (2004 and 2006), BAAM Mediterraneo Biennale (2010), AAST Advanced Architecture Settimo Tokyo Biennale (2009-11) and Ladakh: A Spirit of Place, Minneapolis (2015). She was also the curator and exhibition designer for West Coast USA architects in ABB 2004 and Western-European architects in 2006 and organized an international competition (AAFAB 2009) at the Architectural Association that focused on advanced architectural digital fabrication technologies. She is the recipient of the 2018-19 SOM Research Foundation Grant where she and her team will explore and publish an Architectural Standards Guide from a Neurological Perspective (forthcoming)

ANFA Themes

Dr. Mun’s diverse history in academia and practice embeds a philosophy that is multi-disciplinary and collaborative in nature. Dr. Mun continues to push the boundaries of architecture to advance knowledge for a discipline changing with the 21st century. For over 25 years, the subject of the body in architecture reigned supreme and she worked closely with radical architects of the 20th century including Arakawa/Gins and NOX/Lars Spuybroek who were early pioneers in referencing cognitive psychology and neuroscience in architectural design. From the beginning of her career, she has been interested in how machines and bodies form a synthesis in our environment and formed ideas that are rooted at the dynamic intersection of mass culture and built environment. Embracing conventional techniques with advanced technologies, she cross-blends theory, practice, research and application with a focus on “Empathic Architecture – architecture that feels”. Her deep interest in ‘social’ sustainability piques questions on economics, politics, ecology and the arts that impact our humanities in challenging ways in the 21st century. Learning from the past without repeating it, she looks to the future with topic interests that lie in cybernetics, complexity theory, artificial intelligence, and sensory adaptive systems that connect human beings in new ways only afforded in current times.

She is currently setting up the first NeuroDesign Lab at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design with financial support from the SOM Foundation and is working on several design projects and publication including: an immersive sound experience called Sonic-Acupuncture to De-pressure the Mind aka “Cloud Therapy Dome”, an AD Edited Series on The (Neuro)Science of Experience with Tom Albright + Sergei Gepshtein and “Humanizing High Density” using advance biometrics in urban settings to measure the pressures on the body/mind with Eduardo Macagno and Biayna Bogosian.

Selected Publications

Mun, K. FORM as Enactive Aesthetics, the (neuro)science of FormThe Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture: Using Time to Craft an Enduring, Resilient and Relevant Architecture ed. Mitra Kanaani. Routledge, UK, 2019 forthcoming

Mun, K. Bogosian, B., Clemenson, D. The Well Tempered Environment of Experience, (Neuro)Scientific Methods for Data Collection, Analysis & Visualization. Intelligent & Informed – Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia Vol 1. Eds. Haeusler, M.H., Schnabel, M.A., Fukuda, T. The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Hong Kong, 2019

Spuybroek, Lars. Machining Architecture. Thames and Hudson, 2004. (various projects)