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SCIENTIFIC RESPONSIBLE
Davide Ruzzon
COORDINATOR
Roberto Fulciniti
BOARD
Renato Bocchi, Harry Mallgrave, Juhani Pallasmaa, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Sarah Robinson, Giovanni Vecchiato
TUTOR
Claire Daugeard, Richard Jedon, Antonio Sorrentino.



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DAVIDE RUZZON

Architect NAAD Director
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inaad master-r.bocchi

RENATO BOCCHI

Architect IUAV Venezia
Master NAAD-Agostino De Rosa

AGOSTINO DE ROSA

Architect IUAV Venezia
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HARRY MALLGRAVE

Architect IIT Chicago
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JUHANI PALLASMAA

Architect Helsinki UNI
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ALBERTO PEREZ-GOMEZ

Architect McGill UNI
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SARAH ROBINSON

Architect and Philosopher
Master NAAD-Giovanni Vecchiato

GIOVANNI VECCHIATO

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
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master NAAD-ALESSANDRO ADAMO

ALESSANDRO ADAMO

Architect DEWG L22
M.Arbib-ANFA CA Master NAAD

MICHAEL A.ARBIB

Neuroscientist Southern UNI
master NAAD-G.Ascione

GIUSEPPINA ASCIONE

Architect
master PIETRO AVANZINI

PIETRO AVANZINI

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
master ANNA BARBARA

ANNA BARBARA

Politecnico MI
Master NAAD-Bellini Eva

EVA BELLINI

ASST SS Paolo e Carlo MI
Master NAAD-Tatiana Berger

TATIANA BERGER

New School UNI S.Diego
Master NAAD-ALAIN BERTHOZ

ALAIN BERTHOZ

Neuroscientist C.d.F Paris
Master NAAD-IUAV-ERIKA BORELLA

ERIKA BORELLA

Psychologist Uni-Padova
Master NAAD-Elena Borra

ELENA BORRA

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
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Master NAAD IUAV-BILL BROWING

BILL BROWNING

Biophilic Designer Terrapin BG
Master NAAD-Isabella Bower

ISABELLA BOWER

Deakin University
Master NAAD-Burdese

CESARE BURDESE

Architect
Master NAAD-ANDREA CACACI

ANDREA CACACI

Architect
Master NAAD-Cnepa

ELISABETTA CANEPA

Architect Genova
Master NAAD-FAUSTO CARUANA

FAUSTO CARUANA

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
Master NAAD-GIOVANNA COLOMBETTI

GIOVANNA COLOMBETTI

Philosopher Exeter UNI UK
Master NAAD-BOB CONDIA

BOB CONDIA

Designer Kansas State UNI
Master NAAD-MASSIMILIANO CONDOTTA<

MASSIMILIANO CONDOTTA

Professor IUAV
Master NAAD-Antonio damasio

ANTONIO DAMASIO

Neuroscientist USC CA
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Master NAAD-CINZIA DI DIO

CINZIA DI DIO

Psychologist La Cattolica MI
Master NAAD-Eve Edelstein

EVE EDELSTEIN

Clinicians for Design
Master NAAD-Colin Ellard

COLIN ELLARD

Neuroscientist Waterloo UNI
master NAAD MADDALENA FABBRI DESTRO

MADDALENA F.DESTRO

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
master NAAD Melissa M. Farling

MELISSA M. FARLING

Principal MultiStudio
master NAAD IUAV TYE FARROW

TYE FARROW

Architect, Farrow Partners
Master NAAD-Shaun Gallagher

SHAUN GALLAGHER

Philosopher-Memphis Uni
Master NAAD-Vittorio Gallese

VITTORIO GALLESE

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
Master NAAD-SERGEI GEPSHTEIN

SERGEI GEPSHTEIN

Neuroscientist Salk Institute
Master NAAD-IUAV BERNARDO GOGNA

BERNARDO GOGNA

Architect, Aviation AECOM
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Master NAAD-Sarah Williams Goldhagen

SARAH W. GOLDHAGEN

Architect Scholar NW
Master NAAD-TONINO GRIFFERO

TONINO GRIFFERO

Philosopher Tor Vergata UNI
Master NAAD-Mark A. Hewitt

MARK A. HEWITT

Architect, Historian
naad master-Tim Ingold

TIM INGOLD

Anthropologist Aberdeen UNI
naad master-Kate Jeffery

KATE JEFFERY

Neuroscientist
naad master-Andrea Jelić

ANDREA JELIC

Architect Aalborg UNI DK
naad master-IUAV ANDREAS KIPAR

ANDREAS KIPAR

Architect, LAND founder
naad master-IUAV DAVID KIRSH

DAVID KIRSH

Neuroscientist, ANFA Pr.
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naad master-SUSAN H. MAGSAMEN

SUSAN H. MAGSAMEN

Arts+Mind Lab New York
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MARCO MAIOCCHI

Professor POLIMI
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ARAM MEGIGHIAN

Neuroscientist Uni PD
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ALESSANDRA MICALIZZI

Psychologist PhD MI
Master NAAD-Upali Nanda

UPALI NANDA

Director Research HKS
Master NAAD-Olszewska

NATALIA OLSZEWSKA

Neuroscientist
Master NAAD-Itai Palti

ITAI PALTI

Architect HUME
Master NAAD-Itai Palti

SILVIA PANZAVOLTA

Psychologist INDIRE MIUR
naad master-Isabella Pasqualini

ISABELLA PASQUALINI

Architect EPF Lausanne
naad master-IUAV ALAN PENN

ALAN PENN

Architect, Bartlett UCL
naad master-GABRIELLA PRAVETTONI

GABRIELLA PRAVETTONI

Psychologist UNI MI
naad master-Tiziana Proietti

TIZIANA PROIETTI

Architect Gibbs College US
naad master-Giacomo Rizzolati

GIACOMO RIZZOLATTI

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
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STEFANO ROZZI

Neuroscientist Parma UNI
naad master-IUAV EMANUELA SAITA

EMANUELA SAITA

Psychologist La Cattolica MI
master NAAD-Laura Sangiorgi

LAURA SANGIORGI

Architect
master NAAD-David Seamon

DAVID SEAMON

Kansas State Uni
master NAAD-TAL SHAFIR

TAL SHAFIR

Neuroscientist Haifa UNI
master NAAD-IUAV MILTON SHINBERG

MILTON SHINBERG

Neuroscientist Haifa UNI
master NAAD-TAL SHAFIR

EMANUELE SICILIANO

Engineer ATMOS BP L22
master NAAD-CORRADO SINIGAGLIA

CORRADO SINIGAGLIA

Philosopher La Statale Uni MI
master NAAD-IUAV DAVID SIM

DAVID SIM

Architect, Urban Designer
Master NAAD-ADOLFO SUAREZ

ADOLFO SUAREZ

Architect L22
Master NAAD-Oshin Vartanian

OSHIN VARTANIAN

Neuroscientist Toronto UNI
Master NAAD-ANGELA VETTESE

ANGELA VETTESE

Professor IUAV Venezia
Master NAAD-Pietro Zennaro

PIETRO ZENNARO

Architect IUAV Venezia

PEOPLE CAN LIVE BETTER.
Neuroscience applied
to our urban environment
enhances our daily life.

Each day we are moved by expectations: these float in our conscious mind and into the deeper level of our being. Neuroscience and architecture, biology, philosophy, anthropology, art, and science, now can help us to rebuild a richer attunement between us and the place we live. At NAAD in Venice, we have convened some of the most important professors, professionals, operators, managers and architects in these fields to bridge the gap between scientific theories and design.

| goals

Addressed to architects, designers and consultants of companies the Master aims to train people capable of completing projects and services centred on improving the human experience of architectural and urban space, to be included within design firms, real estate development groups and private and public services management companies.

NAAD-neuroscience architecture
01

NAAD transmits the scientific knowledge aimed to favor an architectural design able to create attunement between users' pre-cognitive expectations and multi-sensorial experience of space, according to the perception models developed by the neurosciences.
Urban spaces, and transitions inside/outside buildings, is a crucial topic our course looks carefully, intending to integrate scales of perception, through an emotionally-driven approach, with significant outcomes on the health.

02

The PostGraduate Master creates the basis for students to understand how to make the conditions, through the composition of architectural elements (topological and proxemic relationships, geometry, light, rhythm, texture, color, materials, sound), for a regulated development of the emotions in the experience: this, to strengthen attention, memory, learning and the quality of social relations.

03

The course developed its program with particular reference to Airports, Factories, Hospitals, Hotels, Parks, Prisons, Retails Malls, Schools, Senior Residences, Social Housings, Student Housings, Urban Spaces, Workplaces, to provide the tools to create architecture suitable to its use, and also able to improve the economics figures (ROI, SROI, Asset Value) of private and public companies.

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12th Dec 2022 / 03rd Feb 2023  

FIRST MODULE

ANATOMY AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE ARCHITECTURAL PERCEPTION

During the first three months, students will be given the fundamentals to understand how our body is provided with a uniquely evolved range of systems able to receive signals from the outside world, focusing on body movements. next, we will analyze each element involved in the architectural process and the human sensory system. light, topology, organization, and use of space, geometry, rhythm, texture, matters, sounds, and smells: all these elements, prior individually and then through their integration, will be analyzed concerning the physiology of the human sensory system along with the interaction into architecture. also, students will deal with the evolution and nature of emotions and feelings, up to the arising of conscience. all this, inside a philosophical framework grounded in neuro-phenomenology and pragmatism.

The lasting of the Module will be made of 120 hours of lessons divided into three parts of 30 hours to be developed in three weeks, with other three classes' clusters of 10 hours each month, to experience applications and tests.

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CALENDAR I-II-III week
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27th Febr / 28th Apr 2023  

SECOND MODULE

Architecture and the body-brain system

Students will work on the nature of the human pre-cognitive emotional expectations surging from daily activities. From February to April, students will focus on the link between the body and its movements and, consequently, deriving from these underpinnings, developing the different patterns of interaction with space. Finally, students will learn how to translate awaited emotions in a dynamical perception of shapes able to attune humans' needs with architecture. Related consequences in cognitive performances, health, well-being, and improved social relationships are all the classes' outcomes will focus on in the course's module. Some lessons will also be directed to gain knowledge of physiological and brain activity measurements.

The Module will be developed through 120 hours of lessons. Divided into three parts of 30 hours, to be set in three weeks, with other three classes' clusters of 10 hours each month, it aims to develop a method for the translation of this knowledge in architectural terms, starting from the thesis' topics, chose during the first Module.

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CALENDAR I-II-III week
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15th May / 14th July 2023  

THIRD MODULE

PRE-COGNITIVE HUMAN DEMANDS AND THE DESIGN OF ARCHITECTURE

The third module will give the students the instruments to transform and erect buildings in cities, taking care of users' needs. NAAD will organize fifteen days on some study cases: Airports, Factories, Offices, Malls, Furniture, Hospitals, Prisons, Schools, Social Housings, Student Housings, Senior Residences, Sacred Spaces, Parks and City Planning. In the first part of the daily lessons, for each of the investigated fields, the course will address the expected emotional mixtures featuring the specific typology. Then, in the second slot of each class, some key projects will be introduced by firms, managing companies, or designers who developed these actual study cases.

The lasting of the Module will be made of 120 hours of lessons divided into three parts of 30 hours to be developed in three weeks. The last Friday of the third weekly block will host a Closing Day, through which NAAD indicates the next edition's main topic.

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CALENDAR I-II-III week

FOURTH MODULE

DESIGNING THE ATTUNEMENT

It will be divided into two parts.

1. THESIS
Among the fourteen themes worked out in the third module, each student has to select the thesis theme by the end of the first module. Two tutors will follow thesis development: one with a specific neuroscientific background and another skilled in the particular sector of the thesis's interest. Before starting with the drawings, at the beginning of the Secon Module, students in groups, followed by a scientist, have to develop the theoretical framework of the design. After this step, they will transfer in architecture the results and targets previously defined, using as second advisor tutors coming from companies, and design firms, grounded in the chosen field.
The professors available to follow the thesis' theoretical framework development from the end of January are Alain Berthoz, Colin Ellard, Sergei Gephstein, Kate Jeffery, Oshin Vartanian, and Giovanni Vecchiato.


Master NAAD-ALAIN BERTHOZ

Alain Berthoz

Master NAAD-Colin Ellard

Colin Ellard

Master NAAD-SERGEI GEPSHTEIN

Sergei Gepshtein

naad master-Kate Jeffery

Kate Jeffery

Master NAAD-Oshin Vartanian

Oshin Vartanian

Master NAAD-Giovanni Vecchiato

Giovanni Vecchiato

2. INTERNSHIP
Within the companies, and design firms, invited to present their works in the Third Module, or other adequately selected companies, each student for her/his typology, or field of research, will develop a 260-hour internship, during which he/she will progress with the architectural design, as the advancement of the thesis path.

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01| 2022 NAAD GRADUATION



Camila, Birgit, Clara, Giulietta, Giulia, Iga, Clarissa, Melina, Ana, Monica, Vittoria, Rosa, Mariam, Carolina, Panagiota, Dora, Jessica, Sally and Stefano. Last Friday, at the Iuav in Venice, I had the immense pleasure of graduating all these passionate scholars and architects on the challenging intersection of neuroscience and architecture. With them, ever since the 2017 NAAD has bestowed 57 degrees, the large majority to women. When we started this attempt to ground the design on scientific awareness about human responses to environmental perception, it sounded pretentious. After four editions of this course, which has welcomed students from all over the world, we are keen to continue this path.
Creativity and unique culture are fundamental ingredients to interpret this new awareness. No algorithm will ever substitute it. This is the most straightforward reason to embrace this approach.
We are moving ahead with the Fifth edition, 'naturally,' with 90% of women enrolled.

Davide Ruzzon
NAAD Director


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02| ENROLLMENTS ARE OPEN FOR MODULES



MODULES

Enrollments for MODULES are open
Module 2 | From February 6th to April 7th 2023
Module 3 | From May 15th to July 14th 2023

Lessons: one week per month (40 total hours).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Master’s or Bachelor's in architecture and engineering, psychology, philosophy, medicine, or neuroscience, good knowledge of the English language, a CV and a motivation letter are required.

REGISTRATION FEES
The total cost for module
-- The cost of attendance in Venice: € 4.500
-- The cost in remote mode: € 2.500

DEADLINE FOR ADMISSION
-- Second Module: Till the 06th of January 2023
-- Third Module: Till the 30th of March 2023

INFO
ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES
write to: master@iuav.it


 


03| Timing of the Teaching Activities

Each one of the three NAAD modules will be composed of three weekly lessons, one for each month. We defined two different ways to take part at NAAD Course, one for 'Full Residents' in Venice, another for the 'Flying Residents', who will come in Venice each month, only for the weekly classes. Also, for the incoming fourth edition 2022-2023, students can follow the course 'Remote Mode'.

In the first module, after the weekly lessons, the Monday after, a tutor will introduce different kinds of Tests and Experiences Classes(TEC), to be developed in a team or alone, with the aim to apply the knowledge acquired the week before. These 'homeworks’ will be accomplished during the furthers two weeks, and we’ll be shared in a Seminar during Friday, at the end of the homeworks' second week.

In the second module, after the weekly lessons, the Monday after, the NAAD Scientific Responsible will hold (NAL) Neuroscience Applied Labs on the architectural translation of the knowledge acquired, in particular making reference to the thesis topics. Accordingly, students in the end of the 2023 has to define their thesis topic, with the aim to articulate a theoretical framework before to open the design process, from the second module, during the NALs.

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