Research Conversations


Cognitive scientists have thoroughly investigated how museum design can support wellbeing and uplifting experiences for all users, employees and visitors alike.  Museum-related research findings can be applied to develop noteworthy exhibition and educational spaces.

People have fun at hotels and restaurants but their design is serious business.  Understanding the neuroscience of positive experiences for the people who use and own these spaces is very, very important.  Hospitality-related science-based insights can guide the development of restaurants, hotels, and many other spaces, both public and private.


Humans need to be able to spend time in private when they feel it’s necessary to do so.  When people don’t have access to private spaces, or the cultures of their groups do not allow them to use private spaces provided, they become stressed.  As their moods deteriorate their wellbeing, quality-of-life, and professional performance degrade and they become unpleasant companions.  Research has established how design can promote constructive private experiences.


Language influences our experiences in the physical world by shaping our perceptions of what’s going on there.    

PlaceCoach News Briefs


More reasons to inspire awe


Self-Control, nature connections

Supportive facility access drives response

Implications of humanoid forms

Useful design insights

More nuanced understanding of at-work experiences

Bigger and smaller together complicates things

Virtual space = real space

Book Reviews


Crucial resource for designing in walkability

Design at Work


Redwood Park is an urban respite where San Franciscans can refresh their minds and calm their spirits before returning to the frenetic rush of city life.