Eve Edelstein, M.Arch., Ph.D., EDAC, Assoc. AIA
Eve has a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the University College London, a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master ofArchitecture, from the New School of Architecture & Design, San Diego receiving the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit for Excellence in the Study of Architecture.
While in London, her research at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery explored the electrophysiology of efferent nerve fibers that feedback from the central nervous system to the cochlear cells of the inner ear, and demonstrated sensitive clinical methods to assess hearing dysfunction related to detection of sounds in noise. Her work also contributed to the implementation of the world’s largest universal program testing newborn and infant hearing (State of California). In addition, she coordinated and conducted clinical and research investigations of vestibular dysfunction, and studies leading toward medical prevention and restoration of noise induced hearing loss (Spatial Orientation Center, U.S. Naval Medical Center).
In 2003, Dr. Edelstein and John Eberhard, FAIA, designed and began teaching the first series of courses in Neuroscience for Architecture at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, and with Eduardo Macagno, PhD, taught Senior Seminar on Neuroscience and Architecture at the University of California San Diego. Eve continues to publish, speak and conduct research-based design studies internationally.
Since 2005, Dr. Edelstein has been collaborating with the University of California at San Diego on several projects. As Principal Investigator for the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation Award, collaborations with Eduardo Macagno, PhD, the UCSD SuperComputer Group and Library Sciences leadership reported on systems necessary to integrate knowledge bases across all disciplines relevant to research-based design.
Working with Prof. Eduardo Macagno and the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), the team has developed synchronous systems to explore the human body and brain’s response to design while immersed in full-scale, three-dimension projections of a building within a Virtual Reality “CAVE”. With a research gift from HMC Architects, they created novel software enabling architects to immediately experience and assess design changes in which multiple design hypotheses can be tested. The team developed remote EEG systems to track navigation and visual attention, tracking how a person reacts to specific wayfinding cues and architectural features.
Dr. Edelstein’s application of research to design is exemplified by her studies for the AIA College of Fellows Latrobe project demonstrating the influence of lighting on health. The City Center Development Corp awarded the Best Urban Sustainable Practice Award for her study of the human element in sustainable design, during her previous role as Senior Vice President Research & Design for HMC Architects.
Dr. Edelstein directed studies at the Salk Institute of Biological Sciences that related neuroscience concepts to design concepts (Study of Enriched Laboratory Design, 2004 with Dr. Albright), and at the Interwork Institute, San Diego State University (Study of Educational Facility Design for Neurological or Physical Disabilities, 2004 with Drs. Sax and McFarlane). Eve consulted on a 1 million SF academic medical and research center to incorporate evidence-based guidelines for the Canadian Ministry of Health Center for Mountain Health Services
At present, Dr, Edelstein consults on design and on research projects as President of Innovative Design Sciences. Eve serves as liaison to the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA).
Zhang L., Chi Y.M., Edelstein E., Schulze J., Gramann, K., Velasquez, A. Cauwenberghs, G. and Macagno, E. (2010) Wireless Physiological Monitoring and Ocular Tracking: 3D Calibration in a Fully-Immersive Virtual Health Care Environment. 32nd Annual International Conference of the
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
“Merging Medical Humanism and Technology”. August 31 – September 4, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Edelstein, E.A. (2009) Influence of Lighting on Health. InformeDesign. Vol.7, Issue 02. www.informedesign.umn.edu.
Edelstein, E. A. (2008) Searching for Evidence. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. Vol 1, No. 4. pp 40-60.
Edelstein E. A. (2008) Building Health. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. Vol 1. No.2, pp 54-59
Edelstein, E. A., Gramann, K., Schulze, J., Shamlo, N. B., van Erp, E., Vankov, A. Makeig, S., Wolszon, L., Macagno, E. (2008) Neural Responses during Navigation and Wayfinding in the Virtual Aided Design Laboratory – Brain Dynamics of Re-Orientation in Architecturally Ambiguous Space. In SFB/TR 8 Report No. 015-05/2008. Report Series of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition. Haq, S., Hölscher, C., Torgrude, S. (Eds.) P35-41. Accessed www.sfbtr8.uni-bremen.de May 27, 2008.
Edelstein E. A. & Marks F. (2007) Lab Design and the Brain: Translating physiological and neurological evidence into design. 2008 Laboratory Design Handbook. Supplement to R&D Magazine. Nov 2007. Rockaway, NJ.
Edelstein, E. A., Ellis, R J., Sollers III, J. J., Thayer, J. F. (2007) The Effects of Lighting on Autonomic Control of the Heart. Society for Psychophyiological Research Proceedings. Savannah, GA. October 17-21, 2007.