Ann Sussman: Architecture + Human Subconscious Responses to the Built Environment

Start Date: 
Sep 16, 2015

IHCD Lunch & Learn Lecture

Wednesday September 16th, 12:00PM
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

Ann Sussman: Architecture + Human Subconscious Responses to the Built Environment 

Cognitive Architecture

New findings in neuroscience and psychology are transforming our understanding of human behavior. The built environment is giving us new answers to old questions, such as: why we avoid Boston City Hall Plaza but eagerly head down Hanover Street a few hundred yards away, or why we label older neighborhoods 'charming' and rarely do so with newer ones, such as Boston's newest 'Innovation District'?

Ann Sussman, an architect and author, will review recent findings in cognitive science that stand to reframe our understanding of how architecture works on people.  We are in the midst of a paradigm shift, living in a new "Age of Biology," as the OECD recently labelled the 21st century, which will change how we see ourselves and also holds the potential of reconsidering how we build.

When: September 16th, 12:00pm

Where: Institute for Human Centered Design. 200 Portland st Boston MA 02114

To RSVP for this event please contact Willa Crolius at or call (617) 259-1655. Light lunch will be provided!

About the Institute Lectures

The "Lunch and Learn" lectures are at 12:00, provide a boxed lunch and are free. Companies presenting will showcase their innovative products illustrating the human-centered design philosophy.