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
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
The Scope of “Empathy” in Architecture from the Design Process to the User’s Experience and Back Anne Tüscher, Ph.D. (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette, France) Sep 23, 2016
Exploring Visual and Affective Qualities of Equivalent Colors under Architectural-scale, Full-field Exposure Conditions Ute C. Besenecker, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Ted Krueger, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Zachary Pearson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Alicia Walf, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), John D. Bullough, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Sep 23, 2016
Geometry of Visual Experience in Large Spaces Sergei Gepshtein, Ph.D. (Salk Institute for Biological Studies) Sep 23, 2016
Age-related Cognitive Decline and Enriched Environments; Examining Real-time Psycho-spatial Dynamics Using Virtual Reality Laura Healey Malinin, Ph.D., AIA, EDAC (Colorado State University), Agnieszka (Aga) Burzynska, Ph.D. (Colorado State University) Sep 23, 2016
The Impact of Positional Configuration of a Desk in a Room on Attention and Creativity Young-Ah Rho (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Mindbrick Lab, Seoul), Seoyoung Lee (Mindbrick Lab, Seoul, South Korea), Jaehyung Kwon (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea), Wooree Shin (Mindbrick Lab, Seoul, South Korea), Sunghaeng Cho (Mindbrick Lab, Seoul, South Korea), Hyungjun Kim (Mindbrick Lab, Seoul, South Korea), Jaeseung Jeong (Mindbrick Lab, Seoul; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) Sep 23, 2016
Utilizing Architectural Diagrams to Create Geometric Forms that Anticipate User Responses Michael Wacht (IntuArch) Sep 23, 2016
From Principles to Locality: Bridging the Gap from Neuroscience to Architecture Pedro Borges de Araújo (University of Porto) Sep 23, 2016
The Perception of Symmetry in Architecture: An Eye Movement Study Sharareh Ghanbari Azarneir (Iran University of Science and Technology), Seyed-Abbas Agha Yazdanfar (Iran University of Science and Technology), Seyed-Bagher Hosseini (Iran University of Science and Technology), Mohammad Reza Daliri (Iran University of Science and Technology) Sep 23, 2016
Designing for Complex, Interactive Architectural Ecosystems; Developing the Ecological Niche Construction Design Checklist Joe Manganelli, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Ph.D. (xplr design, llc) Sep 23, 2016