Research Conversations


Neuroscientists have investigated how school design can boost educational outcomes and the wellbeing of both students and teachers.  Their findings support innovative school design practices, ones that make learning a more pleasant and productive experience.  

Surveillance Sign

Spaces where people feel--and are--safe are the places where people live their best lives.  Cognitive scientists have identified ways that design can help people feel secure and reduce the likelihood and severity of criminal acts.


The air within a structure can be managed so that it’s more likely that people in it will think and act in positive ways—researchers are learning how ventilation in a space can increase mental and physical wellbeing.

The social science research is clear:  being in places that seem spacious is good for our minds and bodies—but some spaces feel “undersized”. Scientists have figured out how to design areas so that they seem larger than they actually are. 

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Alignment drives performance


Linking tasks and illumination

Artist's fame influences evaluations

Review of research in empirical aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, related fields

Perceptions affect outcomes, again

Important behavior-related implications

Significant variations in IEQ satisfaction identified

Layouts that improve patient and caregiver experiences

Book Reviews


Combatting current and future challenges via social ecology

Interested in sensory experiences?  Read this book.

Design at Work


Greeley Square Park in Manhattan makes visitors feel comfortable, mentally and physically.