Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture 20th Anniversary Conference

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 13 2023-Saturday, September 16 2023

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    La Jolla, CA

This year's conference departs from the norm. With your help, we are inviting teams of investigators from top design and research labs around the world, asking them to share the most exciting neuro-scientifically informed aspects of their projects, and what they see as next on the horizon.  There will be:

  1. Six team keynotes with discussion time
  2. Multiple paper sessions, 
  3. Continuous poster sessions throughout the conference.  

We expect keynote team presentations on such topics as the emotive and psychological effects of lighting, acoustics, and atmosphere, on new theoretical and empirical results in wayfinding and navigation, on sensor-based studies of behavior in architectural contexts, on legibility, and the impact of design on health and well-being, such as designing for Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. We anticipate hearing new theoretical models, simulations, and concrete results that designers can put to use. An early team we have accepted is being organized Vittorio Gallese on the neuroscience of physical and social affordances. Paper and poster topics are unconstrained, though again they should present findings of what science can do to inform design. Presenters will have a chance to speak with conference attendees both within session and during networking periods.

Also unique to the conference this year is a free half day technical session presented by sensor makers who will provide a ‘how to’ on the use of new low-cost technologies to study behavior in place.  There will also be two half-day workshops on day four in which participants will receive hands on training with tools to help understand the visibility and legibility of layouts and the psychological complexity of proportion. This fourth day should provide a great opportunity for special interest networking, perhaps leading to ANFA special interest groups. 

As always, we have a visit scheduled to watch the sunset at the Salk Institute. 

See our tentative conference schedule