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designing with the user in mind


online course

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Neuroscience and cognitive science research have grown considerably in recent years, resulting in greater knowledge about the functioning of the brain and its interaction with the environment. The field of NeuroArchitecture (or NfA – neuroscience for architecture) investigates how the physical environment impacts the brain and, consequently, human behavior. It also aims to support the design of better spaces, which will generate stronger connections between individual and environment as well as support their mental and physical health. 

In this context, this course presents students to the theory and applications of neuroscience for architecture. The main topics of cognitive science and neuroscience - emotion, memory, decision making, embodiment and enactivism, spatial cognition, brain 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 to balance functionality and well-being.

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To understand how the physical environment affects its users

To learn how to apply the main concepts and tools of NeuroArchitecture in order to enhance efficiency for different types of spaces

To create a database of scientific evidence referring to the different fields of knowledge covered by NeuroArchitecture

To recognize the main factors that can influence the user experience

To learn some of the different patterns of brain functioning, such as memory, emotions, decision making, perception, among others

To develop critical thinking and a systemic view of environments

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  • 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

scroll down to see the main topic for each module!
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Live Masterclass in which attendees will be able to interact with the professor and get their questions answered immediately​​


Recordings of the live masterclass allow attendees to watch them whenever its best for them, regardless of timezones


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


Digital certificates will be sent by email for each module 


Limited number of participants to ensure quality interaction


1 year access to all course material

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United Kingdom

Architect & Designer
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Master student in Architecture France

Architect & Designer


Architect 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!


Psychologist and psychoanalyst

[...] I am a psychologist, and I have ventured to listen and learn from professionals who are not in the psi area, about their perspective on the subject. I confess: I was surprised! What an amazing course! Even though I am a psychologist, and I already have prior knowledge of neuroscience, being able to see the applicability in architecture and urbanism was simply sensational. It's a very different perspective and it warmed my heart and brightened my eyes. Therefore, the whole course pleased me: from the themes of the classes, the workload, the teaching of the teacher, the theoretical references used, and the most diverse examples that were shared by Andrea to illustrate the application of these concepts in the execution of projects. Besides all that, the class I was part of was great! Very participative and active professionals in the area. It was an intense and rich exchange of knowledge that I will use in my work (both as a psychologist and as the person responsible for a space for subletting rooms) and also in my personal life. I recommend and always recommend this course! Thanks.


University professor
São Paulo

The course  "Neuroscience and Architecture: From Design to User Experience" is for those who want to learn the main concepts surrounding this fascinating topic. The content is dense, has a great theoretical load based on scientific evidence, but due to the didactics and knowledge of Professor Andrea, who generously transmits her knowledge, it becomes an understandable course, even for those who have no experience in it. Our architecture is aging and we need to return to more human concepts in order to develop more assertive projects, aimed at the different actors who will use the built environment. Knowing human biology will be a competitive advantage for the professional in these new times. I highly recommend the course!


Architect and urbanist

The course is excellent! Andrea is very delicate, patient, has a lot of knowledge and excellent teaching skills, characteristics that make her an excellent teacher. Congratulations!


Fortaleza dos Valos

This Neuro AU course taught by Andrea de Paiva is spectacular! Architects interested in the subject will only find clarity here. Because we are not neuroscientists and we need a general translation of the subject so that we can remain interested. Andrea has mastered the subject, teaches the course with discipline, a lot of content and a simplicity in communication that leaves neuroscience in our hands and on the tip of our tongue. She is brilliant and delivers a lot on the course.


São José do Rio Preto

During 2020, I tried to update myself with the courses in the area of ​​Health that I have been working on for over 10 years (Hospital Architecture) and among so many lives I watched Andrea talking about Neuroscience applied to Architecture, Urbanism, Interior Design; she accepted my invitation to a live and it was fantastic to discover the world of "NeuroArquitetura" popularly spread in Brazil. So I got a place, in fact disputed, for her second online course and it was a differential for my research and to prepare me better both for my master's degree and for the market in which I work. I recommend the courses, the NEUROAU 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. Kisses and success.

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People who aim to transform lives through spaces


Students, professionals and educators 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

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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).


  • LinkedIn - círculo cinza
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Format & workload

6 modules sold individually 

One live masterclass (4 hours live) per module, which will be recorded and afterwards available to be watched at anytime for 1 year

Interactive community on Telegram to share content at any time and to build network

Digital handout in English with scientific references

1 year access to all course material

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Yes, our audience is very varied in age and experiences and students are very welcome!​

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

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

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

Yes, participants will receive a certificate by email for each module they attend. 

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, they will be recorded and will be available for you to watch like the recorded classes..​

Will the live classes be recorded?

Yes, but the recorded classes are in Portuguese with English subtitles. The handout and the live Q&A sessions will be in entirely English.

Is the course in English?
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