John Paul Eberhard, FAIA
San Francisco, CA
After graduating from the University of Illinois in Architecture and serving two years in the Marine Corps, John Paul returned to Champaign-Urbana and formed Creative Buildings, Inc. to design and build. Having completed more then one hundred chapels he returned to school as a Sloan Fellow in the Management School of MIT. He then managed research programs for the Sheraton Hotel Corporation and later the American Institute of Architects. He has served as Dean of Architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and at Carnegie Mellon University. He was founding President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in 2003.
Having seen the growth of interest in the connections between architecture and neuroscience since 2003 I believe we will gradually be able to introduce this knowledge into the profession, especially by offering courses (or even making them required) in schools of architecture. At the same time we need to press as hard as possible on the neuroscience research community to explore ways to understand how the human brain responds to the various attributes of architectural settings. This is likely to require new insights and new paradigms for study. I look forward to working on the Board of ANFA to expand our horizons for this new body of knowledge.