It was in 2013 that I first heard about NeuroArchitecture. Intrigued by the possibilities that discussions on this topic could generate, I dedicated myself to studying the brain, behavior and their interconnections with the physical environment. It was then that I was invited to co-write the book Triuno: neurobusiness and quality of life, and that's when I started giving my first lectures on this topic. Increasingly involved with NeuroArchitecture, I went to London to do a master's degree on the topic.

Today I am a professor and consultant in NeuroArchitecture and have created the course Neuroscience Applied to Environments and Creation at FAAP, which by the end of this year will complete 9 cohorts. I want to share knowledge with both the creators of the spaces  and their users. The impact that the environments we occupy can have on our well-being and behavior goes far beyond what we are consciously aware. We, creators and users, need to understand the potential of NeuroArchitecture so that we can create better buildings and cities.

Andréa de Paiva

NeuroAU is an online space created to disseminate discussions about the possible connections between cognitive science and architecture, design and urbanism. Through videos, articles, webinars and online courses - in Portuguese and English - we share knowledge with professionals  around the world.

Created in 2018, NeuroAU currently has more than 28,000 followers on Instagram (@neuro_au); more than 35 articles published in English and Portuguese; and more than 200 certified students in the courses offered by FAAP and in the online course.

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Andréa de Paiva is a Master of Arts (Middlesex University, London) and architect and urban planner  (University of São Paulo) from Brazil. Trying to bridge research, education and design in her work, her research interests involve the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science applied to architecture and urbanism, as well as architectural theory, in order to better understand how the physical environment can affect individuals and society. The main topics of her research include short- and long-term effects of the physical environment; environmental enrichment and brain plasticity; how space affects memorization of experiences; cognitive restoration; and the multi-sensory experience of places.


Andréa is the co-author of the book Triuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of Life. In addition, she is the founder of NeuroAU (neuroau.com) an online space that aims to discuss and disseminate knowledge about the links between cognitive science and architecture & urbanism. NeuroAU has more than 28K followers on Instagram (@neuro_au); more than 35 articles published about the intersections of cognitive science and architecture both in English and Portuguese; and online national and international courses.


Andréa is a member of the ACE (ANFA Centre for Education – Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture -  a group created to discuss the education and teaching of neuroscience for architecture). She works as a professor of neuroscience for architecture in two Brazilian universities (Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV - and Faculdade Armando Álvares Penteado – FAAP). She has helped to create and coordinate courses of neuroscience applied to business at FGV and she was also invited to give lectures and webinars at Varna free University in Bulgaria; the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation; the Institute for Challenging Disorganization in the United States, at SECOVI-SP and at SESC-SP.  Certified in Design Thinking by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, she is also a speaker on topics related to neuroscience applied to architecture and urbanism; cognitive science and soft skills; and unconscious bias and female leadership.

Andréa is also a consultant on the subject of neuroscience for architecture, having consulted at Athié Wohnrath (one of the most successful architecture offices in Brazil according to Forbes, 2016), where she was involved with projects of schools and workplaces. She was also a consultant at FGV, the best think tank in Latin America according to the Global Go To Think Tanks Index (2020).