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Architectural Science Review

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Perception and Cognition of Architecture: Science, Education, Application

Abstract deadline
01 November 2023

Manuscript deadline
29 February 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Tiziana Proietti, University of Oklahoma
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Angela Person, University of Oklahoma
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Sergei Gepshtein, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
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Perception and Cognition of Architecture: Science, Education, Application

In recent years, the ever growing understanding of human perception and cognition by the empirical sciences has drawn the attention of designers. Architects, in particular, recognize the advantages of integrating scientific knowledge into their work, as it enhances their ability to anticipate and understand how users respond to the built environment across the full range of sensation and perception, action and affect. There has been a notable expansion in the intersection of architectural research and such empirical disciplines as neuroscience and cognitive science, sensory psychology and psychophysics.

At the same time, many designers are hesitant to embrace this “scientific turn” in their practice.  On one hand, the integration of scientific ideas into design requires a significant investment of time and effort. And there are concerns that adopting a scientific framework may stifle architectural thought and diminish the creative and intuitive aspects of design. On the other hand, it is widely acknowledged that, over time, scientific concepts and methods have the potential to empower architects and designers. By offering a more comprehensive understanding of how people interact with the built environment, insights from scientific studies hold the promise of fostering a more humanistic approach to design, encompassing various facets of human biology and cognition inaccessible to introspection.

Moving forward, the integration of scientific elements into design not only expands the scope of inquiry but also stimulates new questions and demands the development of innovative research methods. There is also a pressing need to introduce concepts and methods of science into architectural and design education, to equip aspiring architects with a more comprehensive understanding of human experience and behavior in the built environment. This preparation is crucial for a future in which scientific ideas may influence every aspect of design.

Propose a contribution
To reflect on these developments and to advance the emerging interface of architectural and scientific research, the journal Architectural Science Review invites paper proposals for a special issue titled “Perception and Cognition of Architecture: Science, Education, Application.” The editors are particularly interested in the following five types of contributions:

  1. Empirical Research
    • Scientific studies addressing perception and cognition of architecture 
    • Scientific studies of perception and cognition inspired by questions of architectural origin
  2. Pedagogy
    • Introducing scientific concepts and methods pertaining to perception and cognition into architectural education
    • In particular, integrating elements of the scientific method into architectural studios 
  3. Application
    • Detailed examples of the application of scientific concepts of perception and cognition to practice
    • Articulation of the need for scientific research of perception and cognition in specific areas of architectural practice 
  4. Review
    • Reviews of literatures concerned with using scientific methodologies in the interest of architectural design
    • Articles in this section may include review of scientific concepts of perception and cognition and methods deemed useful for the future of architectural research but not yet tapped  
  5. Framework
    • The interface of architecture and science draws ideas from both sides but it is still lacking its own concepts, terminology and standards of practice; we invite articles addressing this gap, pertaining to questions of perception and cognition
    • Review of specific institutional frameworks and programs of research designed to help integrate ideas from science into architectural research, education, and practice


Submission Instructions

To be considered for this Special Issue: 

  • Please submit your proposal of up to 1500 characters by November 1, 2023 

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  • Authors of selected contributions will be notified by December 1, 2023
  • The deadline for submitting full manuscripts is February 29, 2024