The Scan Issue #5

The Scan: An Architecture and Neuroscience Electronic Newsletter

Issue 5: Spring 2006

Seedtime and harvest in the orchards of knowledge

If you want to grow fruit, you must carefully prepare new ground; remove old growth and underbrush, till and rake the soil, plant the seeds and nurture them, provide water in adequate amounts, while the sun provides ultraviolet and infrared rays creating a warm environment. Through long hours of labor and required intervals of germination, a new young tree emerges. Eventually this tree will bear fruit to reward those who have labored in the orchard.

It would be foolish to chide those who are preparing the soil and planting the seed because there is no fruit—yet. It would be unwise to water too much or allow the sun to parch the land. When the time has come, the fruit will be ripe and its substance will sustain those who harvest it.

So it is with knowledge.

John P. Eberhard, FAIA
Managing Director, Washington Office


1. Neuroscience and Healthcare Facilities Workshop III

2. Peter Smeallie as new Executive Director

3. Melissa Farling as new Research Associate, Phoenix, Arizona

4. John Eberhard as keynote speaker at Healthcare Design Conference

5. AIArchitect monthly feature on Neuroscience and Architecture

6. Recent Press
7. How to subscribe/unsubscribe from The Scan

1. Neuroscience and Healthcare Facilities Workshop III

The Neuroscience and Healthcare Facilities Workshop III held in August 2005 in Woods Hole, MA was third in a series of ANFA conferences on health care facilities. In the preceding workshops, a series of hypotheses addressed the relationship between hospital design, patient outcome and hospital staff performance. The 2005 Workshop groups explored the potential to test relationships between architectural features, neural functions and outcome measures using neuro-scientific principles to analyze human needs and functions within the designed environment. Specific attention was given to issues of wayfinding, navigation and memory.

A summary report is available in the ‘Publications’ section of the ‘Activities’ page on the ANFA website.


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2. Peter Smeallie as new ANFA Executive Director

eter Smeallie joined ANFA as the new Executive Director in January 2006. He will be located in the Washington , DC office. Among his responsibilities, Peter will be building collaborations with government agencies and initiating fundraising efforts to promote research in neuroscience and architecture. Peter has long been an ANFA supporter and has participated in past ANFA workshops.

Peter began his career at the AIA Research Corporation (with John Eberhard) and was a Board Member at the Building Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He later became Executive Director of the Academy’s Geotechnical Board. Currently, Peter runs a consulting firm, Research Opportunities Management. He has a degree in Urban Studies from St. Lawrence University, and lives in Alexandria , Virginia with his wife and three children.

Welcome Peter!


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3. Melissa Farling as new Research Associate, Phoenix, Arizona

Melissa Farling, AIA, is a Senior Associate with Gould Evans with over seventeen years of experience managing the design of primarily large-scale public projects. She received her BA in Architecture from the University of North Carolina , Charlotte and her BArch and MArch from the University of Arizona . She is currently serving as a Past Chapter President on the Central Arizona Chapter Foundation Board and also sits on the Board of Gnosis Ltd, a non-profit organization which seeks to preserve and present the significant creative contributions of individuals who have changed our world.

Melissa’s passion for studying the effects of architecture on behavior began with her Master’s thesis, which explored these effects in a highly restricted environment: a prison. In preparation for her research specific to prison design, Melissa is currently attending 2 graduate classes at Arizona State University (ASU): Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Biological Basis of Behavior: Evaluation of Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Elderly. She is also attending weekly research meetings with Dr. Jiping He, Director of the Center for Neural Interface Design at the Biodesign Institute at ASU.


Gould Evans

Center for Neural Interface Design, Arizona State University


4. John Eberhard as keynote speaker at Healthcare Design Conference

John Eberhard, FAIA, gave the closing keynote address at the Healthcare Design Conference which was held in Scottsdale , Arizona , November 6-9, 2005. In his presentation on “The Brain, the Mind and Healthcare Facilities Design”, John outlined several hypotheses linking properties of the brain, mind and body with healthcare facility design, and proposed ways that science might be able to begin to study such hypotheses in order to provide design solutions which begin to take into account these human aspects of occupation and healing.

The conference was produced in association with The Center for Health Design.


The Center for Health Design


5. AIArchitect monthly feature on Neuroscience and Architecture

Beginning in January of this year, John Eberhard began a monthly series of articles for the electronic journal AIArchitect on neuroscience as it relates to architecture:

“Over the next few months, I would like to take you on a journey into new territory. When I first came around the intellectual bend in my own reading to discover that there was this vast new knowledge called “neuroscience,” I felt like Lewis and Clark must have felt when they first saw the Rocky Mountains. Just as they had no idea that there was such a mammoth formation in the Northwest Passage, I had no idea that my exploration of human experiences with architecture would discover this enormous and still rapidly growing body of research.

In 1995, then-American Architectural Foundation President Norman Koonce, FAIA, and Syl Damianos, FAIA, urged on by Dr. Jonas Salk, had made me the director of discovery for the foundation. None of us knew where this expedition might lead us, but now there is an Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, building on my astounding discovery of neuroscience. The academy, founded by AIA San Diego in 2003, seeks to build intellectual bridges between neuroscience research and architectural practice. These 12 articles will be another attempt by me to help with this bridge-building effort.” from AIArchitect, January 27, 2006




6. Recently Published Articles on Neuroscience and Architecture: June 2005 – March 2006

The following articles are the most recent coverage of our initiatives in major publications.

AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health Update on Neuroscience and Architecture
“Update on Neuroscience and Architecture: Translating Science into Design”
by Eve A. Edelstein
February 10, 2006

“Thanks for the Memories: The brain, the mind, and creation of memories”
by John P. Eberhard
February 24, 2006

“You Need to Know What You Don’t Know”
by John P. Eberhard
January 27, 2006

“Programming Blog Offers Information-sharing Loop in Pre-design Stage and Beyond”
by Meredith Banasiak
December 30, 2005

American Society for Healthcare Engineering
“Translational Design: The Relevance of Neuroscience to Architecture”
White Paper of the 2006 International Conference and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction™ (PDC)
by Eve A. Edelstein
March 1, 2006

Boston Globe
“Office of my Dreams”
by Chris Berdik
October 30, 2005

Engineering News Record (ENR)
“Neuroscience and Health Care Design Team Up in Study”
June 6, 2005

Inquiry by Design
by John Zeisel, foreword by John P. Eberhard
January 2006
W.W. Norton & Company

Neuroscience Quarterly
“SfN Space in Headquarters Is Model of Environmentally Sensitive Design”
Summer 2005

Preschool Matters
“Blueprint for New Research: Classroom Design and Achievement”
National Institute for Early Education Research December/January 2006 Volume 4, No. 1


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