Bob Condia, AIA


Bob Condia, AIA, is an architect and design partner with Condia+Ornelas Architects, Manhattan, KS. The 2017-20 Regnier Chair of Architecture at Kansas State, he teaches architecture as an art form with due considerations to: neuroscience and architecture; real circumstances; the ancient megaliths of man; a building’s terrestrial and celestial alignments; and, the sensible poetics of an architectural enterprise. He has been a studio critic for more than 30 years in architecture and interior design. Bob is a 2017 Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator and won AP Design’s The College of Architecture Planning & Design, Wayne McElwee Faculty Teaching Award, (spring 2017); in 2008 he received the Commerce Bank Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Awardand in 2015 AIA Kansas’ Schirmer Award for service. His publications range from monographs on the works of progressive architects to theoretical articles on the experience of space as well as a catalogue of his own surrealist illustrations. Of particular attention is his recent work on neuroscience and architecture, the biological basis of aesthetic experience, and the craft of teaching architects to teach. Prof. Condia earned his Master in Architecture and Building Design at Columbia University 1983, and a Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, 1980.

ANFA Themes

Prof. Condia’s place in a neuroscience for architecture debate is as an architect and studio critic seeking the consequences of the applied science for architects. In order to succeed in this an architect needs to learn something of the vocabulary and methods of a scientist. To these ends he has taught seminars on shared intersections of aesthetics, spatial experience and visual perception including, “Perception in Architecture: the meaning of spatial experience;” and “Mood and Aesthetic Experience: The Meaning of Real Architecture;” to name two.  He is currently teaching a thesis studio emphasizing building design, embodiment, and affordances in architecture.  In an effort to learn our shared glossary of spatial perception – scientists and architects – are continuing experiments on vision and perception of urban environments with Dr. Colin Ellard (University of Waterloo).

Selected Publications

Ellard, Colin and Condia, Bob. “Place, Peripheral Vision, and Space Perception: a pilot study in VR,” at the colloquium: Improvement of the Built Environment,supported by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, September 30, 2017, Chicago.

Rooney, Kevin K.; Condia, Robert and Loschky, Lester. “Focal and ambient processing of built environments: intellectual and atmospheric experiences of architecture.” Frontiers in psychology 8 (2017).

Bob Condia. “Applied Neuroscience for Architects,” A presentation to AIA Kansas | AIA Central States Conference, Manhattan, Kansas, October 20, 2016.  Also, a poster presentation to the 2016 International Conference of ANFA, Salk Institute, September 22-24, 2016.

Kevin Rooney, Robert Condia, and, Lester Loschky.  “Peripheral extension and central projection: two forms of embodiment through the dorsal and ventral streams of vision,” Space and Situated Cognition: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Spatial Cognition (ICSC 2015): pgs. 54-5, Edited by Thomas Hunefeldt and Marta Olivetti Belardinelli. Presented by Dr. Rooney, September 11, 2015, at the University of Rome, during SYMPOSIUM 23 (Aula IV): “Embodied space in architecture andneuroscience: measures and mechanisms,”Conveners: Serino & Pasqualini.