The mission of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture is to promote and advance knowledge that links neuroscience research to a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment.

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ANFA is in a growth spurt! The Board of Advisors has increased in size and this year a new group called ANFA Center for Education (ACE), with over 50 members has been created.  There is talk of regional committees. 

Member Access to 2020 Conference


San Diego, California U.S.A.
September 16th -18th

Big data can lead to a new science of how humans behave in structured environments.  It is an opportunity to answer age-old questions about why certain architectural forms more successfully facilitate social interaction, delight, physiological and mental health, as well as cognitive efficiency and work performance.  One goal of this year’s conference is to bring together researchers in diverse communities all interested in how buildings and people interact: structurally, physiologically, socially and cognitively.

Our sensor data comes from: (1) Quantified Buildings (QB), (2) Quantified Self (QS), and (3) Internet of Things (IoT).  From quantified buildings we might learn how light, sound, air quality, and wireless performance changes throughout a building.  We might learn about occupant behavior: where people move, when they sit, where, for how long, in what social units, the sounds they make and when they turn lights on and off.  We might correlate these parameters with physiological, mental and neural data derived from QS.  How do people react to changes in light, the presence of other people as a function of spatial structure?  We might further correlate QB and QS parameters with IoT behavior of devices (mobile or laptop), various machines, and furniture. How would this affect our perceptions and expectations of privacy in public spaces?  All this new data is bound to inform our understanding of how architectural form interacts with neurocognition.

Although you are encouraged for this conference to incorporate the theme of big data in your submission abstract, ANFA remains open to all research that applies brain science as a basis for understanding the impact of building design on occupants.  We are also especially interested in evidence-based studies of the way Covid 19 is affecting behavior in the built environment and the implications for architectural design.

Submission Deadline March 28, 2021

Committee Decisions will be Final: Notification of Acceptance or Rejection: May 17, 2021

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