Online course

designing with the user in mind


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Neuroscience research has grown considerably in recent years, resulting in greater knowledge about the functioning of the brain machine and its interaction with the environment. NeuroArchitecture proposes an understanding of how space impacts the brain and, consequently, human behavior. It makes possible to seek even more efficiency for the spaces designed according to the proposal and the function of each environment: hospital buildings that encourage medical performance and the recovery of patients, schools that contribute to the development and learning of students, corporate environments that encourage productivity and employee satisfaction.

In this context, the course presents students to the theory and applications of neuroscience to architecture. The main subjects of neuroscience - emotion, memory, decision making, embodiment, plasticity, perception, among others - will be combined with elements of architecture - lighting, biophilic design, colors, materials, active design, etc. The various fields of knowledge within NeuroArchitecture will be discussed in an articulated manner, always with the aim to improve the user experience and balancing the functionality of the environments and well-being.


To understand what NeuroArchitecture is and its possible applications;

To begin the creation of a database of scientific evidence referring to the different fields of knowledge covered by NeuroArchitecture;

To learn to recognize some of the main factors that can influence the user experience;

To find out about some of the different operating patterns of the brain, especially those involved in the relationship with the environment such as memory, emotions, decision making, perception, among others;

To understand and apply the main concepts and tools of NeuroArchitecture, with a view to generating greater efficiency for designed spaces;

To understand the different effects that the physical environment can generate in the organism in the short and long term;

  • Introduction to NeuroArchitecture: buildings and cities as environments that impact people beyond conscious awareness

  • Evidence-base Design

  • Biology of behavior

  • Systems of thought, emotion and consciousness

  • Memory and brain plasticity

  • Embodiment

  • User empathy and analysis

  • Perception

  • Selective attention, habituation and surprise

  • Short-term effects of the environment

  • Long-term effects of the environment

  • Environment and stress

  • The relationship between duration of occupation and environmental effects

  • Biophilic Design and Nature Experiences

  • Lighting and Colors

  • Body, walkability and active design

  • Wayfinding

  • Meeting versus isolation

  • The relationship between occupation time and environmental effects

  • User experience

  • Nudge and Behavior Transformation

  • Order and experience

  • Balance and the application of NeuroArchitecture: hospital, educational and corporate environments

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18 hours of recorded classes that allow attendees to watch them whenever its best for them, regardless of timezones

3 live classes in which attendees will be able to interact and get their questions answered immediately​

Professor involved in research, teaching and consulting at renowned institutions (learn more by clicking here)

More than 200 scientific references related to the topics covered in class


Architects and urbanist
São Paulo

In a captivating, collaborative and thought-provoking way, Andrea, through her courses, articles, lectures and classes, makes us reflect and awaken to a more human and assertive look in the way of designing where, through the application of neuroscience concepts in architecture, we can transform environments to transform people.. Very grateful for sharing so much!

Architect and urbanist

I took the course with Andrea de Paiva and I loved it. The fact that it is live is a big difference because Andrea interacts with the students, leaving no outstanding doubts about any subject. What's more, she is a great teacher and has a lot of knowledge to pass on to us!

São José do Rio Preto

[...]  I got a place or her second online course and it was a differential for my research and for better preparing me both for my master's degree and for the market in which I work. I recommend the courses, the website, the researches and the congresses she participates in and she is always helping us with her knowledge that she shares with great affection, I see passion in what she does and I appreciate her support as always. 


Professionals interested in understanding more deeply and completely how the physical environment (interiors, buildings and cities) can affect their users;

Architects, interior designers, urban planners and all those interested in the application of neuroscience to architecture;

People who aim to transform lives through spaces.


Andréa de Paiva 

  • Creator of NeuroAU

  • Architect and urban planner - USP (University of São Paulo);

  • Master of Arts - Middlesex University, London;

  • Co-author of the book Triuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of Life;

  • Member of the ACE (ANFA Center for Education of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture at the Salk Institute in California);

  • Certified  in Design Thinking by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston;

  • Professor at FGV (Fundação Getulio Vargas) and FAAP (Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado);

  • Guest speaker at Varna Free University, Bulgaria; at the Institute for Challenging Disorganization in the United States, at SECOVI-SP and at SESC-SP;

  • NeuroArchitecture Consultant, having consulted at Athié Wohnrath, where she was involved with the application of NeuroArchitecture in several school and corporate projects, and at FGV, the best think tank in Latin America according to the Global Go To Think Tanks Index (2020).


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Hybrid (18 hours of recorded classes + 3 live classes with 2 hours each).


24 hours total (18 hours of recorded classes + 3 live classes with 2 hours each). Dates for the live classes will be announced soon and, for each of the three live meetings we will give at least 2 options of time for students from different timezones to choose which slot works best for him/her.




At the end of the course, a certificate of participation will be sent by email, but keep in mind that participation in at least 70% of the live classes is required to receive it.

Next cohort 

September, 2021. Dates to be announced soon. Please, let us know if you are interested by sending us an e-mail ( ).


  • Will the live classes be recorded?

Yes, they will be recorded and will stay available for at least 1 month.


  • At the end of the course do I receive a certificate?

Yes, you will.


  • I'm still a student, can I take the course?

Yes, our audience is of different ages and experiences and students are very welcome!


  • I'm not a professional in architecture or design, can I take the course?

Yes, although most students are from architecture, urbanism or design, many professionals in psychology and education, among others, seek our course to broaden their knowledge. 

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