Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla; a Contributing Faculty member in Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego; Former and Founding Coordinator of the ANFA Advisory Council; and Emeritus (University of Southern California) University Professor, Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Psychology. His first book, Brains, Machines, and Mathematics (McGraw-Hill, 1964), set the course of his career in both computer science and neuroscience. His current research has two main themes, and he is constructing connections between them. One builds on a paper on language evolution published with Giacomo Rizzolatti, leader of the group that discovered mirror neurons, called “Language in our Grasp.” He has since developed this in How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis (OUP, 2012) and the edited volume How the Brain Got Language: Towards a New Road Map (Benjamins, 2020). His involvement in architecture can be described as Brains, Machines and Buildings: neuroscience of the experience and design of architecture, and neuromorphic architecture (supplying buildings with “brains” whose design is informed by computational neuroscience). His book When Brains Meet Buildings: A Conversation between Neuroscience and Architecture will be published by OUP in 2021.
Kate Jeffery is a neuroscientist researching how the brain makes an internal representation of space, the so-called "cognitive map", which it can use for navigation. She investigates this by studying the activity of a class of brain cells called place cells, which seem to form the core of a place-knowledge system used for both navigation and memory. Her current research focuses on how the brain represents complex space, with a particular focus on two main issues: three dimensional space, and the internal “sense of direction”. She heads the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL, and is co-director of the electrophysiology company Axona Ltd, which makes high-density recording systems for behavioural neuroscientists. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), and chairs the Cognitive Navigation (CogNav) special interest group in the RIN, which aims to link cognitive scientists with architects, designers and other professionals interested in navigation. Recently she has also begun actively campaigning on the increasingly urgent and worrying issue of climate change
Fellow The Centre for Conscious Design
Professor Academia Brasileira de Neurociencia e Arquitetura. Brasil
Collaborator Instituto de Neuroarquitectura y Diseño. Chile
Member Environmental Design Research Association. USA
Karina Lozano has been an architect focused on wellbeing with an East-West approach for 20 years.
During her career she has shared and rebuilt collective perspectives on how spaces impact productivity, health, and human relationships. She has published articles and given conferences, classes, interviews and consultancy in over 10 countries.
She was educated in Mexico and has studied in Malaysia, China, Germany, England and the US. This has led to her unique perspective around human needs related to the built environment. She has developed her own 8-step methodology for design and consulting in which she combines bioenergetic design, environmental psychology and neuroscience applied to design.
Fan of interdisciplinary vision and collaboration, and eager to bring this subjects in spanish to latinamerica, she is part of international teams in educational institutions in Brazil and Chile.
Karina believes the current global situation calls for a city created with the participation of all of its members. She aims to engage policy makers, designers, researchers, students and enthusiasts alike towards a productive outcome for the common good. That is the reason behind her partnership with the Centre of Conscious Design.
Victoria Silva Mack has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and a master's degree in Comparative Literature. She is a professor at the Adolfo Ibáñez University (Chile) and a research assistant at the Center for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience (CSCN) and the Laboratory of Embodied Phenomenology (LAFEC), dedicated to researching lived experience through phenomenological psychology.
Martina is Ph.D., Literature and M.A, Comparative Literature and Post-colonial Cultures, and professor at the Literature Department of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. She has been in charge of formal research projects in which she has explored, from an interdisciplinary point of view, poetry, phenomenology and theory of perception. Her main fields of interest are: the connections people-place, indigenous and local literature and culture, place as a perceptual and existential reality, embodied cognition and neurosciences applied to art creation and reading. She’s interested in finding new ways in which university and society can come together, through publications and events. Currently, she’s exploring the possibility to practice a conscious thinking sprouting from an active body engaged with the environment, through yoga, walking and imagery, in an attempt to find a feeling of belonging for people who live abroad but carry the memory of their homeland with them. Among her books: Una memoria encendida. Luciano Cecchinel y Jaime Huenún, poetas de mundos que nos conciernen (2019), Margen, espejo: poesía chilena y marginalidad social (1983-2009) (2016), and, as co-editor, Il lettore in gioco: finestre sul mondo della lettura (2013).
Santiago Cao is a performance artist, urbanist, professor and researcher about public spaces. As a way to understand the different ways of inhabiting latinoamerican cities, Santiago has lived in several countries such as Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador, Venezuela and México. Since 2003, Santiago develops performance actions and urban com-positions, through which he questions the relationship between body and public spaces. Through his work as an artist and urbanist, he has always focused on the deviant potencies of bodies, without denying the normalizing incidence of spaces. Santiago understands normalities as the knowledge that organizes the practices used to resolve conflicts, and in that regard, he is interested in researching on which ones are the "active" normalities within the contexts in which projects tend to develop. Moreover, Santiago is interested in the different ways we use space in order to inhabit the city and engage with other persons. By considering these ideas and taking into account the merging of art performance, urbanism and philosophy, Santiago has developed a methodology called "sensitive cartographies in public spaces", which he has also presented in different workshops in Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Perú and Venezuela.
Principal, FD Arquitectos y Urbanistas
Founder and principal editor, Red Latinoamericana de Urbanistas
Master's Degree, UNLA-FLACAM, Argentina
Aldo is architect and urbanist. He is convinced that our cities must be developed based on strategic and adaptive planning models, that recognize the natural
ecosystems, and the diversity and talents of their citizens. Aldo has more than twenty years of professional experience in urban planning, urban design and architecture in Latin America and Spain, mainly in Peru and Argentina. He graduated from the National Engineering University of Perú (UNI), and has a Master's Degree in Sustainable Development (UNLA-FLACAM, Argentina). Moreover, Aldo completed Phd courses in Architectural Design (ETSAB-UPC, Spain) and specialization courses in urbanism (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy). He teaches urbanism in the Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo University (Chiclayo, Peru). Aldo is an associate at FD Arquitectos y Urbanistas, the founder and principal editor of the Red Latinoamericana de Urbanistas, and collaborator in the platform HacerPeru.pe. In addition to his work as architect, urbanist and teacher, Aldo writes articles and participates as speaker in different platforms which in topics related with urban development.
Principal at Longui Architects, Peru.
Doctor Honorius Cause by Andean University NCV Juliaca, Peru.
Master of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Master of Fine Arts with major in sculpture at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Luis Longhi studied and worked under BV Doshi (Pritzker Prize 2018) in Amhedabad, India. Worked as personal assistant to Adele Santos in Philadelphia, as an architect at David Slovic Architecture, Bower Lewis & Thrower Architects (both in Philadelphia), Gruen Associates in Los Angeles and Farrington Design Group in Atlanta. In 1991, Luis studied Computer Animation for Architecture and Landscape at GSD Harvard University. His personal search as architect and sculptor finds answers in the design and construction of small architectural projects, scenographies, exhibitions and installations in which ancestral peruvian craftsmanship is used. He teaches and lectures internationally and his work has been published and exhibited worldwide, earning recognition in several events such as the International Exhibition of Set Design and Theatre Architecture (Prague Quadrennial), the Iberoamerican Biennale of Architecture, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Luis has also received the Gold Medal for Architecture by the Peruvian Institute of Architecture.
Diana is a Professor and Senior Researcher at the National University of Engineering (UNI), Laboratory of Critical Urban Theory (URBES-LAB). She has led and participated in research teams related to urban and territorial studies, from the perspective of critical urban theory, specifically on issues related to contemporary urbanization of Latin American cities such as urban informality, public policies for land security and access to housing, and integrated urban planning. Trained as an architect, she holds a master’s degree in Urban Development and has worked in public domains related to urban renewal and urban development.
Daniela is interested in interdisciplinary research on urban and social issues, with a focus on citizen security. She is a Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Critical Urban Theory (URBES-LAB) and holds a BSc in Architecture by the National University of Engineering (UNI). She currently works as a research assistant in the proyect “Production of the urban space in Metropolitan Lima (1961-2019)”. Moreover, Daniela has collaborated as a research assistant in projects developed by the Vice-rectorate of Research and the Research Institute of the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Arts, both at the UNI. Daniela has also participated as an academic assistant on the Urban Planning Research Workshop and the Historical Centres Workshop, both of which are courses taught at the UNI.
Julio is a Sociologist. PhD, with honors, by Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM, Peru), and Master, with honors, by FLACSO (Mexico). Principal professor at UNMSM, and Associate Faculty at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, USA. He is author and co-author of 25 books on urban and social issues about Peru and Latin America. Among his many books: La segregación espacial en las ciudades de América Latina (2019), La ciudad ilegal. Lima en el siglo XX. (2016), Mercados de tierras urbanas, propiedad y pobreza (2006), Enfoques, miradas y estudios sobre las ciudades (2014) Propiedad y Crédito. La formalización de la propiedad en el Perú (2003). He was Visiting Fellow (2013-2014) from Lincoln institute and Visiting Scholarship Program from Korea Research Institute of Human Settlement fron South (2015). As a consultant, he has worked for the World Bank, BID, Deutschland Cooperation (GTZ), CARE, OXFAM and others.
Jonathan Ravines has a BS in architecture by Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI). Based on his experience in the design and management of projects for the rehabilitation of common areas in collective housing in the Historic Center of Lima as part of the HABITAR Construcción Colectiva team. Jonathan is convinced that city construction is a collective process in which reflection and action are strongly intertwined. His experience in HABITAR, allowed Jonathan to understand architecture is a way to develop citizenship. Under the premise that the transformation of the territories is a gradual processes, Jonathan has executed projects in HABITAR, in order to improve and mitigate the risks of existing buildings. Jonathan considers HABITAR to be the first step towards the development of more ambitious proposals for housing improvement, and therefore, develop local solutions to the global problems that face our cities.