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Cognition & Human Experience in the Built Environment

Sarah Williams Goldhagen, PhD. (Columbia University) and former Harvard professor, is a leading voice in the emerging movement in neuroaesthetics and architectural design. Her Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives (HarperCollins), which won a Nautilus Book Award in 2017 for its contribution to social and environmental justice, has made her a sought-after speaker; she lectures frequently and publishes widely about the effects of architecture, landscape, and urban design on human health, cognition, and wellbeing. The New Republic’s architecture critic for nearly a decade, Goldhagen’s criticism has appeared in the New York Times, Art in America, Architectural Record, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Prospect (UK), and dozens of other publications. She is a faculty member of the Moving Boundaries consortium, and sits on the boards of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), the Centre for Conscious Design, and on the Intentional Spaces Advisory Committee of the Johns Hopkins International Arts + Mind Lab. She recently released her first film, What Design Can Do (co-written and produced with Sarah Robinson), which premiered at the IAM Lab’s Intentional Spaces Summit.