2nd Edition

Cognitive Architecture
Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after July 13, 2021
ISBN 9780367468590
July 13, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 138 Color Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

In this expanded second edition of Cognitive Architecture, the authors review new findings in psychology and neuroscience to help architects and planners better understand their clients as the sophisticated mammals they are, arriving in the world with built-in responses to the environment. Discussing key biometric tools to help designers ‘see’ subliminal human behaviors and suggesting new ways to analyze designs before they are built, this new edition brings readers up-to-date on scientific tools relevant for assessing architecture and the human experience of the built environment.  

The new edition includes:    

  • Over 100 full color photographs and drawings to illustrate key concepts
  • A new chapter on using biometrics to understand the human experience of place
  • A conclusion describing how the book’s propositions reframe the history of modern architecture

A compelling read for students, professionals and the general public, Cognitive Architecture takes an inside-out approach to design, arguing that the more we understand human behavior, the better we can design and plan for it.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The 21st Century Paradigm Shift: The Age of Biology Chapter 2. Ignoring Blank Facades Chapter 3. How Fixation Drives Exploration in Architecture & Urban Design Chapter 4. Mirroring Facial Focus Chapter 5. Eye-Tracking and Mental Illness in Modern Architecture Chapter 6. Architecture and the Autonomic Nervous System Chapter 7. Conclusion Chapter 8. Afterword: Evidence-based Design Promotes Health & Wellbeing

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Ann Sussman is a registered architect, researcher and college instructor. She co-edited (with Justin Hollander) the book Urban Experience and Design: Contemporary Perspectives on Improving the Public Realm. Keen on bridging the arts and science, she blogs at GeneticsofDesign.com. She currently teaches a new course on perception and the human experience of place, ‘Architecture & Cognition,’ at the Boston Architectural College (BAC). In 2020, she co-founded and became president of the nonprofit The Human Architecture + Planning Institute, Inc. (theHapi.org).


Justin B. Hollander is a professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. His research and teaching is in the areas of physical planning, big data, shrinking cities and the intersection between cognitive science and the design of cities. He is the author of six other books on urban planning and design and the co-editor (with Ann Sussman) of Urban Experience and Design: Contemporary Perspectives on Improving the Public Realm. He was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and hosts the Apple podcast ‘Cognitive Urbanism.’