Perkins+Will ‘Human Experience Lab’ Director to Keynote at AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

Dr. Eve Edelstein, Ph.D., M.Arch, F-AAA, will explore how the human brain responds to design and how human potential can be enhanced by the built environment

Dr. Eve Edelstein, director of the Human Experience Lab at Perkins+Will, will deliver a keynote address about the human brain’s response to architecture—and its implication on design—at the AIA Conference on Architecture.

“The human brain, with its vast inner workings and complexities, is at the very core of how we experience design,” Edelstein says. “As I am trained in architecture, anthropology, and neuroscience, I am able to translate neuroscientific discoveries into brain-based design principles that harness our human potential and ensure our built environments are healthy and supportive for everyone.”

The keynote will take place Friday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. in Hall C, part of a series of Day 2 opening discussions addressing the theme “Anticipate Challenge: Design That Overcomes.”

As director of Perkins+Will’s Human Experience, or Hx, Lab, Edelstein experiments with tools such as virtual reality and biometric systems to study how design measurably influences human experience, cognition, health, and well-being. She then shares her insights with architects in health, education, urban design, and landscape architecture in architecture projects and via charrettes, colloquia, and research reports. She also collaborates with the University of California at Berkeley to study cognition, communication, and collaboration in the workplace.

A fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, Edelstein’s clinical expertise in hearing science has informed new brainwave tests of workplace disruption, as well as a NASA initiative on noise exposure in space stations. She contributed to the development of policy surrounding the world’s largest hearing screening program for newborns and infants, and developed the first certification courses and programs in neuro-architecture.

Edelstein has also investigated—for the AIA Latrobe Prize—how circadian light affects heart rate variability, which informed architectural lighting strategies and led to the creation of a new simulation and rendering system. She is co-founder of Clinicians for Design, an international group of clinicians whose work inspires the design of healthcare environments and systems, and leader of the Design+Health Co-Lab, part of the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium. She serves on the boards of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture and the International Academy of Design + Health.

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