Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance
Haya El Nasser
26 February 2015
Betsey Olenick Dougherty ( M. Arch. '75), founder of Dougherty + Dougherty, was interviewed by Al Jazeera about the future of applying neuroscience to building design. Corona del Mar Middle School in Newport Beach was designed with care to how the brains reacts to the environment.
“Visual access to sky, trees and landscape stimulates brain function,” Dougherty said. “Providing vistas throughout the facility and particularly in classrooms has been a major strategy in the design of this building,” she said of Coronal del Mar Middle School. She applied similar principles to her design of the life sciences building at Irvine Valley College.
The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture. A decade ago, the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture was formed in San Diego. Betsey Dougherty is on the board.