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

Titlesort descending Author Date
Overview of Scientific Aspects of Spatial Cognition: Significance in Architectural Design Dishita Turakhia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Sep 23, 2016
Pareidolia Analysis of Architecture: Reading the Emotional Expression of a Building Facade Michael J. Ostwald (The University of Newcastle), Stephan K. Chalup (The University of Newcastle), Kenny Hong (The University of Newcastle) Sep 20, 2012
Past, Present & Future Memory Informed by Reverberation Characteristics of Worship & Performance Spaces Bruce A. Wheatcroft, D.Min. (The Abbey for the Arts, Inc.) Sep 20, 2012
Patterns in Architecture, Cognition, Systems, and Software: Representing and Analyzing Cognition During the Design Process Joe Manganelli (Clemson University), Keith Green, PhD (Clemson University), Johnell Brooks, PhD (Clemson University), , Gregory Mocko, PhD (Clemson University), Ian Walker, PhD (Clemson University), Stan Healy, MBA (Greenville Hospital System), Kevin Kopera, MD (Greenville Hospital System), Anthony Threatt (Clemson University), Jessica Merino (Clemson University), Paul Yanik (Clemson University) Sep 20, 2012
Perception Based Architecture for Contemporary Health Care Design Christoph Korner (Woodbury University), Thomas Willemeit (GRAFT) Sep 23, 2016
Posttraumatic Understanding: The Connections between Posttraumatic Stress and Environmental Design Matthew A. Finn, RA, NCARB, LEED AP (Perkins+Will) Sep 18, 2014
Resonant Form: The Convergence of Sound and Space Shea Michael Trahan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (Trapolin Peer Architects) Sep 23, 2016
Simulating Mechanisms of Emotion Associated with Visual Perception of Urban Space: An Artificial Agent’s Perspective Stephan K. Chalup (The University of Newcastle, Australia), Michael J. Ostwald (The University of Newcastle, Australia), Peter Walla (The University of Newcastle, Australia) Sep 20, 2012
Smell and the Architectural Experience Bijal K. Mehta, MD, MPH, MA (University of California, Los Angeles) Sep 18, 2014
Spatial Manifestations of the Human Psyche Ashley Brooke Biren (Ryerson University) Sep 18, 2014