Research Conversations


The design of indoor spaces can affect the health—mental and physical—of users.  Neuroscience research reveals how aspects of designed environments can influence mental and physical health and also ways in which study findings can be applied in practice.  


We regularly gather together in larger groups, to be entertained or informed, for example.  When we do, we’re often in public spaces, such as auditoriums and lobbies.  Neuroscience research provides insights into how public spaces can be designed so that users have positive experiences.


Cognitive science research shows that natural light inside a structure has multiple benefits, from directly boosting mood and mental performance to helping keep circadian rhythms in stress-free configurations.  Circadian lighting in interiors also has been linked to enhanced mental and physical wellbeing.  Research on these topics is useful when interior spaces are being designed.

In the last few years (2017 – 2019), a number of important and practical neuroscience-based studies of effective school design have been published and several significant design-related resources have been developed.  

PlaceCoach News Briefs

Important new resource, free to all

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Temperature has implications

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Book Reviews


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Design at Work


Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki, designed by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and consecrated in 1969, is a majestic, otherworldly space.