Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)

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.

The Academy benefits from the expanding body of research that has evolved within the neuroscience community in the last two decades, and the promise of even more in the coming century. Some observers have characterized what is happening in neuroscience as the most exciting frontier of human knowledge since the Renaissance. All humanity stands to benefit from this research in countless ways still to be determined. The profession of architecture has become a partner in developing the application of this knowledge base in order to increase its ability to be of service to society. For more information, visit

Research Submitted

Title Author Datesort ascending
Blue Sounds, Black Smells Upali Nanda, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, EDAC (HKS INC.; Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation), Ana Pinto-Alexander, RID, IIDA, EDAC (HKS INC.; Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation), Carina Clark, EDAC, LEED AP BD (HKS INC.; Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation) Sep 18, 2014
The Experience of Rhythm in Architecture, Music and Dance from Practice to Performance to Perception Cynthia Vranas, AIA, ASID (Olsen|Vranas Architecture Design and Build) Sep 18, 2014
Museum of Memory: An Analysis of How Museum Circulation Can Help Visitors Remember a Space Alvaro Alvarez (Cornell University) Sep 18, 2014
A Study of a Neuro-Architectural Approach to Create Salutogenic Environments for Children Diagnosed with Autism Ayesha Ghazanfar (The University of Sheffield) Sep 18, 2014
Case for an Architectural Singularity through Robotically Actuated Motion and Neuro-Sensensory User Interaction Guvenc Ozel (University of California, Los Angeles) Sep 18, 2014
Bridging Architecture & Psychology in the Learning Environment Eliana Weiner (Carnegie Mellon University) Sep 18, 2014
The Smart Building and Human Behavior German W. Aparicio, Assoc. AIA (Gehry Technologies), Brian Dougherty, FAIA, LEED BD+C (Dougherty +Dougherty Architects LLP), Lucas W. Reames, Assoc. AIA (Gehry Technologies) Sep 18, 2014
Acoustics in Architecture: Are We Thinking Too Simplistically? Carl P. Giegold, FAIA, LEED AP (Threshold Acoustics LLC) Sep 18, 2014
Empathic and Embodied Imagination: Intuiting Life and Experience in Architecture Juhani Pallasmaa (Juhani Pallasmaa Architects) Sep 18, 2014
The Locksmith of Fascination: Resistance and Cognitive Stimulation in Architectural Space Daniel C Whittet, LEED AP BD&C EBOM, Assoc. AIA (AHA Consulting Engineers) Sep 18, 2014