Research Conversations


Cognitive scientists have identified core human motivations, one of which is to bond with others; and trust is crucial for establishing and maintaining links between people.  Research has determined how space and object design can strengthen both interpersonal bonds and trust.


Organizations worldwide are revamping their social and physical environments to foster collaboration among users; insights that will boost performance and financial return are expected to flow from these efforts.  Using neuroscience research to inform design drives colleagues—in offices, healthcare facilities, schools, and elsewhere—to high performance, collaborative outcomes.


Science details how scents influence how we think and behave, our mood and our wellbeing.  When the way objects and places will smell in use is considered during the design process, and related research is applied, goals outlined in design briefs are more likely to be achieved.   

Neuroscience research reveals that whether a more curvilinear or rectilinear line/pattern/form is the better design option to choose in any situation, the one that will lead to the most positive experiences, depends on what is being designed and how it will be used.  

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Generating quality conversations


Useful (and free) tool

Insights for on-Earth design

Aligning activities and materials

Another reason nature matters

Children, adults, and associations

Perceptions and realities

More benefits from designing for walking

Design at Work


The Great Court of the British Museum in London is a magical place, one that embodies many aspects of biophilic design.