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 ascending Author Date
Using Neuroscience to Tailor Visual Environments for Infants and Children Karen Dobkins, PhD (University California, San Diego), Harvey S. Smallman, PhD (Pacific Science & Engineering Group), Gail Heyman, PhD (University California, San Diego) Sep 20, 2012
Using Neuroscience and Experiential Anatomy in Architectural Design: Recent Findings Regarding Organic and Rational Drawing Galen Cranz, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley), Emily Rosen (University of California, Berkeley), Chelsea Rushton (University of Calgary) Sep 23, 2016
Useful Level of Explanation: Understanding Connections between the Brain, Behavior, and the Built Environment Margaret Tarampi, Ph.D. (University of California Santa Barbara), Cheuk F. Ng, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (Athabasca University, Canada) Sep 23, 2016
Urban Sound Planning and Design – An Emerging Transdisciplinary Field of Research and Practice Nina Hallgren (Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) Sep 18, 2014
Urban Attractors, Physical Proximity and States of Mind: Measuring Dynamic Experiences in Varying Typologies of the Built Environment Stefano Andreani (Harvard University), Allen Sayegh (Harvard University) Sep 20, 2018
Underground and Windowless Spaces: A Neuroscience Approach George I. Christopoulos (Nanyang Technology University, Singapore), Adam C. Roberts (Nanyang Technology University, Singapore), Chee-Kiong Soh (Nanyang Technology University, Singapore), Eun Hee Lee (Nanyang Technology University, Singapore), Josip Car (Nanyang Technology University, Singapore), Kian Woon Kwok (Nanyang Technology University, Singapore) Sep 23, 2016
Transparency as an Environmental Factor that Influences Cognitive Visuo-locomotive Experience in Large-scale Buildings Vasiliki Kondyli (The DesignSpace Group; University of Bremen, Germany), Mehul Bhatt (The DesignSpace Group; University of Bremen, Germany) Sep 23, 2016
Towards User Personalized Environments: An Artistic Exploration Using an EEG-Based Brain-Computer Interface Mirjana Prpa (Simon Fraser University), Svetozar Miucin (Simon Fraser University), Bernhard E. Riecke (Simon Fraser University) Sep 18, 2014
Towards Quantifying the Impact of the Built Environment on Human Experience: Elements of Experimental Design Ahmed Radwan (New York University), Semiha Ergan (New York University) Sep 23, 2016
Towards a Critical Neuroaesthetics Kurt C. Hunker, FAIA (NewSchool of Architecture & Design), Eve A. Edelstein, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, FAAA (Perkins+Will; NewSchool of Architecture & Design) Sep 23, 2016