Research Conversations


Many spaces are shared by multiple people much of the time.  Science-based research can inform the design of these areas.  When it does, more people find themselves achieving their goals, personally and professionally, individually and collectively.

Finding our way from one place to another can be a physical and mental challenge.  Cognitive scientists have extensively researched how architecture, interior design, and signage can support pleasant journeys toward our intended destinations.


In the last four years (2015 – 2018) scientists have been busy publishing important new insights into how what we see, hear, touch, and smell influences how we think and behave.  Their most significant and useful findings are reported here. 

Some of the information presented at the 2018 meetings of the American Psychological Association, the Environmental Design Research Association, the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, and the Transdisciplinary Workplace Research Group is immediately applicable in design practice.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Design, productivity links 


Improving city life, with science and design

A comprehensive overview of signage design fundamentals 

Supporting healthcare clinicians for healthy outcomes

Designing for interacting and adding value

Helping low-income residents feel good about urban parks

Resolving distance-related issues

Using gardens to improve lives

Design at Work


Being in the recently completed subterranean sections of the Amos Rex Museum is enchanting.  “Enchanting” is an often used word, but in this case, it is the only appropriate term. The below ground areas cast a spell on visitors that lifts their hearts and heads for many moons.