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Alexi Marmot
B.Arch.  M. Arch.  M.C.P.  Ph.D.  RAIA

Alexi Marmot is Professor of Facility and Environment Management and Head of the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at University College London. She is an internationally acknowledged expert in the design, management, and use of places for work and for learning. Educated in architecture and town planning, Dr. Marmot has spent the last thirty years exploring how people use space, how buildings operate in practice, and how to create buildings that really work for the organizations that inhabit them. During her time at UCL, Dr. Marmot has continued to draw on her applied professional knowledge to inform teaching and research in facility management.

As Director of her London-based consultancy firm, AMA Alexi Marmot Associates Limited, Dr. Marmot continues to have a successful professional career helping organisations shape their built assets to deliver corporate goals. With its impressive client list of public, private and charitable organisations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest grant-giving foundation, AMA provides an excellent base from which to forge industrial and academic links.

Dr. Marmot has co-authored the definitive book on office space planning in the USA, and another in the UK: Office space planning: Designing for tomorrow’s workplace (McGraw-Hill, 2000) and Understanding offices: What every manager needs to know about office buildings (Penguin, 1995). Recent appointments to UK government organizations, the Cabinet Office and Asset Skills Council, demonstrate the value placed on Dr. Marmot's advice on the development of the facility management industry. She has been invited to join the Cabinet Office FM/Soft Landingsgroup, part of the government’s Construction Strategy (2011/12); was invited to address the Government Property Unit as part of the efficiency review of property services (2011), and is on the FM Advisory Board of Asset Skills Council, the body charged with improving the skills of the UK workforce to boost productivity and competitiveness (since 2009).

The title of her address is "Architecture and Psychology: Lessons from the Coalface of Architectural Practice & Academia."

David Stea
B.S.  Ph.D.

David Stea received a B.S. in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1957 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in1964. As Carnegie Interdisciplinary Fellow at Brown University, he developed the new field of Environmental Psychology and the related study of spatial and geographic cognition.  He was Associate Professor of Psychology and Geography at Clark University, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA through 1988, and then Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Stea has held four distinguished professorships in the U.S.A., Indonesia, and Mexico.  


He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals, the co-author or co-editor of several books, including Image and Environment, Landscape in Language, and Maps in Minds, and some 150 articles. Dr. Stea has given some 200 lectures and presentations in a dozen countries around the globe and has been visiting professor and planning consultant on all inhabited continents. In the mid-1980s, Dr. David Canter and Dr. Stea began editing the “Ethnoscapes” book series in the U.K. In 1987 he was nominated for the Right Livelihood Prize (also known as the “alternative Nobel”). Later with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Stea established and directed the International Center for Culture and Environment in Santa Fe, New Mexico, training environmental specialists in for international practice, and continued its work in Mexico. In 2008 he was named Distinguished Visitor by the City of Veracruz and also received citations from Mexico and France for his pioneering work in relating environmental psychology to environmental design. 

Dr. Stea is now Professor Emeritus of Geography and International Studies at Texas State University and Research Associate with the Center for Global Justice in Mexico. Since becoming Professor Emeritus in 2006, he has continued research in central Mexico and in the Navajo Nation in the USA. 

The title of his talk is "From architectural psychology to environmental psychology: behavior, to cognition, to participatory design."

Invited Speakers.

Keynote Speakers.

David Canter (via live video conference)
PhD, AcSS, FAPA, FBPsS(Hon), FRSM, CPsychol

Professor David Canter is Director of The Centre for Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool. David Canter's early work was as an Environmental Psychologist, working with architects on the psychological implications of the design of offices, schools, hospitals, prisons and housing. He also consulted on the design of Casinos for Ladbrokes and the Channel Tunnel terminal in Kent as well as Shell's Research Centre at Stanlow. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology that he established in 1980.

His work with the police grew out of many years of consultation on fires, safety and risk management. He has carried out projects for a range of government departments including the DTI, the DOE, the Home Office and the DHSS. David Canter developed the new, applied area of psychology that he called Investigative Psychology. The MSc in Investigative Psychology at Liverpool University regularly produces first class graduates.

He has published over 20 books and over 200 articles in technical and academic journals as well as contributing to newspapers and many television documentaries. He has a regular discussion slot on BBC Radio Merseyside. His most recent television activity is his six-part documentary series for Channel 5 called 'Mapping Murder'. Professor Canter is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association and a member of the Forensic Science Society. He has PhD from The University of Liverpool and is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. He is one of the first psychologists to be elected as an Academician to the Academy of Social Sciences.

The title of his address is "A Brief History of Architectural Psychology (and where we went wrong)."

Architecture & Neuroaesthetics

Oshin Vartanian, University of Toronto (symposium organizer)

Behavioural and Neural Responses to Architectural Design

Eve Edelstein, Perkins & Will

Your Brain is Tuned to Design

Heeyoung Choo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Neural Codes of Architectural Styles in Human Visual Cortex

Health, Design & Well-Being

Rana Zadeh, Cornell University

Healthcare workplace: from psychology of architecture to organizational outcomes

Anja Jamrozik, Well Living Lab

Designing Healthy and Productive Offices

Personality & Design

Sam Gosling, University of Texas at Austin (symposium organizer)

Putting Personality In Its Place

Sally Augustin, Science With Design

Living in an Impressionist World:  Human Experience of Places

Christopher Travis, Sentient Architecture

Designing Lives

Elizabeth Danze
BArch., MArch.

Elizabeth Danze began her tenure as interim dean for University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture on July 1, 2016. She previously served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, and most recently as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. She is an Associate Professor at the school, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. 

Danze is a principal with Danze Blood Architects, and her work integrates practice and theory across disciplines by examining the convergence of sociology and psychology with the tangibles of space and construction. She is co-editor ofArchitecture and Feminism and co-editor and author of CENTER 9: Regarding the Proper and Psychoanalysis and Architecture-The Annual of Psychoanalysis, Volume 33, and CENTER 17: Space and Psyche. She is also the architect advisor to the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Psychoanalysis and the Academy.


Danze is the recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the Texas Society of Architects Edward J. Romieniec Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions and is a member of the University of Texas  Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She received her BArch. from University of Texas at Austin and MArch. from Yale University.

The title of her address is "Architecture, Psyche, and Self Reflection."

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