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“Education at the intersection of Architecture & Neuroscience” -Cooke, Fisher, Macagno, Malecha, Condia, Banasiak, Lee

“Education at the intersection of Architecture & Neuroscience” -Cooke, Fisher, Macagno, Malecha, Condia, Banasiak, Lee

Education at the intersection of Architecture & Neuroscience
Facilitator: Gilbert D. Cooke, FAIA
President, Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, San Diego, California, USA
Professor, Dean Emeritus, NewSchool of Architecture + Design, San Diego, California, USA
Invited Panelists: Tom Fisher 1, Eduardo Macagno, Ph.D. 2, Marvin Malecha 3, Bob Condia 4, Meredith Banasiak 5, Grace C. Lee 6

1 Professor, School of Architecture, Dean of the College of Design, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2 Division of Biological Sciences, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA
3 FAIA, DPACSA President and Cheif Academic Officer, NewSchool of Architecture + Design, San Diego, California, USA
4 Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
5 M.Arch, EDAC, Assoc. AIA, Design Researcher, Boulder Associates Architects, Irvine, California, USA
6 LEED AP BD+C, M.Arch Candidate, NewSchool of Architecture + Design, San Diego, California, USA

Architectural education is by nature an amalgam of multiple disciplines, all deemed necessary to prepare students for practice. Many once necessary components have already been replaced; an evolutionary necessity in virtually all majors. How do does one
segue yet another area of very appropriate study into an increasingly crowded curriculum? Does the panel see this as a separate track, a part of other courses, a hybrid of both, or any other method of delivery?

Tom Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he was recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States. He has written 9 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S. He has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. His books include In the Scheme of Things, Alternative Thinking on the
Practice of Architecture (Minnesota), Architectural Design and Ethics, Tools for Survival (The Architectural Press), Ethics for Architects, 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice (Princeton Architectural Press), two monographs on the work of architect David Salmela (Minnesota), a book on the work of Lake Flato (Rockport), and a book on system design entitled Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge). His newest book, Some Possible Futures, Design Thinking our Way to a More Resilient World (Minnesota) will come out in Spring 2016.

His current research involves looking at the implications of the “Third Industrial Revolution” on architecture and cities in the 21st century. He is principle investigator on several related grants in the Metropolitan Design Center at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.

Prof. Eduardo R. Macagno, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist at UC San Diego, where he was recruited as the Founding Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences in 2001. His laboratory investigates how neurons innervate their correct targets in the developing nervous system. Another current research project, at the interface of Architecture and Neuroscience, employs Virtual Reality environments to study the interaction of normal and neurologically impaired subjects with the built environment. Macagno was President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in 2010-12. Macagno teaches courses on “Dementia Science and Society,” “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Biomedical Sciences” at UCSD and on “Brains and Buildings” with Gil
Cooke at the New School for Architecture and Design.

Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, is the President at NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, California. He was elected as First President/President Elect (2008-2009) of the American Institute of Architects and in 2009 served as the professional association’s National President. President Malecha also received the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education from AIA in 2003 and was recognized as a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in 2002.

Bob Condia, AIA is the design partner with Condia+Ornelas Architects. A professor of architecture at Kansas State, (1989 – present) he teaches architecture as an art form, with serious considerations to: design process; structure; the ancient works of man; and a thick perception of space. His publications range from architects’ monographs; articles on the experience of space; papers on creativity in design; and a catalogue of his surrealist illustrations. Since 2012 he has taught graduate seminars combining architectural theory, analytical philosophy and the neuroscience of aesthetic experience. He is IRB certified.. Prof. Condia earned a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design at Columbia University 1983, and a Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, 1980.

Meredith Banasiak, M.Arch., EDAC, Assoc. AIA cultivates multi-disciplinary research, knowledge sharing, and application to promote human health and wellbeing through the designed environment. Her research and teaching supports the transformational shift in design practices towards an evidence-based culture. In 2012, she launched Humans and Buildings Laboratory (HabLab), an interdisciplinary research group committed to studying interactions between people and environments using performance-based, emotional, and physiological measures. As a faculty member in architecture and environmental design programs, she has developed lecture, studio and seminar courses incorporating neuroscience for architecture concepts and research. As a design researcher, she is responsible for establishing evidence-based design processes and exploring innovative research practices for healthcare design.

Grace C. Lee, LEED AP BD+C, is currently a M.Arch candidate at NewSchool of Architecture + Design with an expected graduation date of June 2017. She will be starting her thesis project in October, which will focus on integrating neuroscience and architecture. Prior to starting the masters program, she worked for Fox Nahem Associates in New York City and obtained an B.S. Interior Design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.