Panel | Behavioural Science for The Built Environment
Architecture, Behaviour, Cognition, Neuroscience, Profession, Psychology, Research

Speaker

Rachel Toms

Healthy Places Unit, Public Health England

Rachel champions the role of the built environment in supporting health. She is part of Public Health England’s Healthy Places Unit, where she runs PHE’s housing and health programme. Rachel has led healthy place-making research, advocacy and guidance projects, including for NHS England’s ‘Healthy New Towns’ programme and for Design Council, which helps organisations use design to improve people’s lives. A qualified landscape architect, she has designed streets and public spaces in the UK, Ireland, India and Nepal, delivered town centre regeneration and managed social housing. Rachel previously worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, advising local authorities, developers and designers on development and regeneration proposals across England, and running a design advice programme for secondary schools for the Department for Education. She leads on built environment for the Mayor of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce and is a member of the Wandsworth Design Review Panel. As part of the community group Wandsworth Living Streets, Rachel campaigns for people-friendly streets in south-west London.

Dr. Nigel Oseland

Environmental Psychologist, UCL

Dr Nigel Oseland is an environmental psychologist, researcher, workplace strategist, change manager, public speaker and author with 11 years research and 19 years consulting experience. Nigel is an internationally recognised expert in post occupancy evaluation, impact of design on performance, agile working, psychophysics and the psychology of the workplace.

Nigel has published over 100 academic papers, books and guides including: Improving Office Productivity: A Guide for Business and Facilities Managers, the BCO Guide to Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Making Flexible Working Work and CIBSE TM24 Environmental Factors Affecting Office Worker Performance: Review of Evidence. He continues to write articles and guidance and has recently published chapters in four new books on POE and performance. Nigel regularly presents at international conferences, and organises the biannual Workplace Trends conference and annual Designing & Managing Learning Environments conference.

Dr. Kerstin Sailer

Social and Spatial Networks at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Dr Kerstin Sailer is Reader in Social and Spatial Networks at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. She investigates the impact of spatial design on people and social behaviours inside a range of buildings such as offices, laboratories, hospitals and schools. An architect by training, her research interests combine complex buildings, workplace environments and space usage with social networks, organisational theory and organisational behaviour.

At the Bartlett she leads the module ‘Buildings, Organisations, Networks’ in the MSc ‘Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities’. Her research has been funded by both industry and research councils including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Innovate UK and Google. Kerstin has co-founded the think-tank brainybirdz to advance scientific thinking in workplace design. She also runs the blog Space and Organisation.

Prof. Christoph Hölscher

Chair of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich

Christoph Hölscher is Full Professor of Cognitive Science in the D-GESS at ETH Zürich since 2013, with an emphasis on Applied Cognitive Science. Since 2016 Christoph is a Principal Investigator at the Singapore ETH Center (SEC) Future Cities Laboratory, heading a research group on ‘Cognition, Perception and Behaviour in Urban Environments’. He holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Freiburg, served as honorary senior research fellow at UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, and is a visiting Professor at Northumbria University Newcastle.

Christoph has several years of industry experience in Human-Computer Interaction and usability consulting. The core mission of his research groups in Zurich and Singapore is to unravel the complex interaction of humans and their physical, technical and social environment with an emphasis on cognitive processes and task-oriented behaviour.

Prof. Kate Jeffery

Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, University College London (UCL)

Kate founded the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL, a laboratory comprising several researchers who use physiological methods to study cognition. She studies how spatially sensitive neurons encode complex spaces, with a particular focus on two main issues: three-dimensional space, and the internal “sense of direction”.

Event

Sensing Space | Behavioural Science for The Built Environment

25 October, 2018

The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB