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VISION Keynote: Research

May 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


This event is FREE and open to the public. Join us in a great space for some good conversation!

This event provides 1.0 AIA HSW LU. Web registration required.


5:30 pm: Sign-in, networking
6:00 pm: Discussion, Q&A



Ann Sussman
Architect, community organizer and artist. Co-author with Justin B. Hollander of Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment (Routledge, 2015)

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The 21st Century Paradigm Shift: Cognitive Science Informing Design

We live in a new “Age of Biology,” where new findings in psychology and neuroscience are reframing our understanding of how we function and came to be. This talk discusses some of this science, culling out the information most significant for architects.

It reviews new tools used to gather biometric data which can help us ‘see’ how people actually, ‘unconsciously’, take in their surroundings.

It also shows images and short videos from one of the first pilot-studies of buildings in NYC and Boston, demonstrating how eye-tracking and facial expression analysis technology can give us immediate, trackable feedback about the human emotional experience around buildings.

Speaker Bio

An architect, author and researcher Ann Sussman has a passion about understanding how buildings influence people emotionally. With Justin B. Hollander, she co-authored the book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We respond to the Built Environment (2015) which won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

She has given more than 30 lectures at regional conferences and universities and will keynote both Houston AIA’s “Gulf Coast Green” conference and the “Impact TN: Build Green, Be Well” conference in Nashville this fall. Her pilot-study eye-tracking buildings at Boston’s IHCD (Institute for Human Centered Design) was the cover story for the American Planning Association’s Planning Magazine last June. Currently, she is finishing a biometric pilot-study of buildings for the City of New York.
Ann keeps a blog discussing her biometric research at geneticsofdesign.com.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Explain the importance of the human ‘unconscious’ in our perception of architecture.
  2. Relate how biometric modeling, including eye tracking, can be used as a tool for green builders.
  3. Demonstrate the extent the human brain is oriented to visual processing and geared to take in faces both human and inanimate.
  4. Apply findings from our new ‘Age of Biology’ to create more sustainable and humane environments.

VISION is the “Architect’s Leadership Forum” of AIA Cincinnati, dedicated to professional advancement, firm development, and community outreach.


May 18, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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