Eve Edelstein


Research Director, Human 
Experience Lab, San Francisco, CA


Dr. Eve Edelstein is co-founder of Clinicians for Design, an international consultancy with a network of clinical and subject-matter experts who seek to accelerate the design of environments and systems that enrich the healthcare interface. Dr. Edelstein led the COVID-19 Front Line group of medical exports, producing a report and checklist for the American Institute of Architects Task Force.

Dr. Edelstein developed and teaches courses on neuroscience and architecture with Building Blocks for Clinicians (London UK), NewSchool of Architecture & Design, and speaks internationally. Eve is Scientific Advisor to Lombardini22, the top Italian design firm, and works with facilities, user-experts and design teams to create innovative planning and design strategies for healthcare, scientific, workplace, educational, urban and landscape settings. As director of the Perkins+Will Human Experience HxLab and the Gadget Lab, Dr. Edelstein applied her Neuro-Architectural process. Award winning projects include the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute with Perkins & Will, and the First People’s Hospital in China with HMC Architects.

Dr. Edelstein’s research, courses and practice consultancy draws on a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and degrees in architecture and anthropology to guide leadership and users in building and policy change. Eve’s work with Stanford University, the University of California San Diego and Berkeley, the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, University College London, and other institutions utilized EEG, environmental sensors and advanced visual and acoustic virtual reality systems to demonstrate the interaction between places and people.

Selected Publications

Edelstein, Eve A. (2016) Neuro-Architecture. In Routledge Companion to Architectural Design & Practice: Established and Emerging Trends. Editors M Kanaani & DAK Kopec. 2016. ISBN 9780367278038.

Edelstein, Eve A, and Eduardo Macagno. “Form Follows Function: Bridging Neuroscience and Architecture.” In Sustainable Environmental Design in Architecture: Impacts on Health, edited by Stamatina Rassia and Panos M Pardalos, 1-13. Springer London, UK. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4419-0745-5.

Malone, Eileen, Constance Harmsen, Karen Reno, Eve A Edelstein, Kirk Hamilton, Alberto Salvatore, Julie R Mann-Dooks, Charisse Oland, and Upali Nanda. Study Guide 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Design in Healthcare: Exploring Healthcare and Design. Concord, CA: Vendome Publishers. Second Edition 20145. 2008. ISBN 978-0-9819-005-1-3.

Keynote Presentations

AIA Live Webinar. COVID-19 Front Line Perspectives.

Experts Explore the Impact of Architecture and Design on the Brain at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Perkins+Will ‘Human Experience Lab’ Director to Keynote at AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

Perkins+Will Wins Architectural Record’s “Good Design is Good Business Award”

Join Perkins+Will at Events in June 2017 [NEWS]

Perkins+Will at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture [NEWS]

Join Perkins+Will at Events in December 2016 [NEWS]