FAU Student Gabriela Fernandez Presents Design Work at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) International Conference

Gabriela Fernandez, a senior in the School of Architecture recently presented her competition project for a K-12 School at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) International Conference in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Luis Vasquez, a cardiologist who runs an NIH Global Health Center in Peru (Yantaló), organized the competition to design a school for elementary, middle, and high school age students for this rural community.  An international call, sponsored by ANFA to design a school for the village of Yantaló, using neuroscience concepts and working with neuroscience faculty, harvested entries from teams around the world.

The three finalists invited to present at the conference included teams from Tulane + UPC Catalonia, Harvard Graduate School of Design and FAU.

Gabriela Fernandez (FAU School of Architecture), and Dr. Nancy Jones (Behavioral Neuroscientist – FAU) looked at learning and creativity. The design project focuses on emotional and physical safety, and emphasizes environments that foster learning and free-play. Ms. Fernandez examines experiential thresholds by highlighting specific built and natural characteristics (spatial differences) that can increase learning and creativity. The project also considers passive responses to climate for optimal comfort, light and positive emotions, each that awaken and energize stimulation of brain activity such as serotonin’s response to natural sunlight.

Congratulations Gabriela for the great work and for representing the School of Architecture at ANFA’s international conference!