NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Certificate in Neuroscience for Architecture

The certificate program guides students in an exploration of the juncture of the brain and the built environment. Students develop a working knowledge of the brain and learn aspects of how it processes spatial cues. Studio work in the certificate program utilizes an evidence-based design approach, grounding architectural concepts in neuroscience. Students complete one studio class and three lecture classes totaling 15 credits, including:

AR5711 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 CREDITS) This course explores the relationship among the environment, people and behavior as identified through environment-behavior research and their own observations. Students will learn how to use environment-behavior research to create better functioning and more satisfying environments.

AR5721 NEUROSCIENCE FOR ARCHITECTURE (3 CREDITS) This course introduces the field of neuroscience and its potential application to architecture. An overview of human brain anatomy and function is explored, including sensory, motor, emotional, and cognitive responses. The principles of scientific methods are reviewed and related to the importance of building an evidence base that relates human responses to the built environment.

AR5731 SEMINARS IN NEUROSCIENCE (3 CREDITS) This course continues the exploration of neuroscientific knowledge that informs how humans perceive and respond to the built environment and elements of architecture. Seminars convey how neural principles might inform built typologies, such as health care, education, office, and spiritual environments. Students develop and improve research techniques and knowledge of specific neural systems. The potential application of this knowledge to architectural practice is considered.

AR901 DESIGN STUDIO (6 CREDITS) This is a design studio centered on applying neuroscientific principles and student-generated research to architectural projects, using an evidence-based design methodology.

Eligible participants: Graduate students and upper-level undergraduates in architecture and design programs; architects; urban designers and planners; professionals in related fields.

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Neuroscience for Architecture, Urbanism and Design Summer Program

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 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 BergerMichael Stepner and Kristine Mun along with guest presenters. Prominent neuroscientists featured in the program include Fred GageThomas 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. Gilbert Cooke, Professor Emeritus NewSchool of Architecture & Design, 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.

More information and application instructions can be found the NewSchool website. Highlights from last summer’s program can be found here.

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