Harry Mallgrave Lecture: Evolution, Neuroscience, and the Future of Design


Location: 104 Bond Hall


The John Burgee Lecture

Lecture Summary

This talk will consider the implications of the strides made in the social and biological sciences in the past quarter century.  New theories of embodiment, emotion, gene-culture coevolution, and the results of neuroimaging studies have radically transformed our understanding of the human organisms and how we respond to our environments. We now know that just as we construct our built environments, so do our built environments alter who we are.



Harry Francis Mallgrave is an architect, scholar, editor, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois Institute of Technology.   He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and has written numerous books and articles on issues related to architectural theory, among them Gottfried Semper: Architect of the Nineteenth Century (Alice Davis Hitchcock Award winner), Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968, and An Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the Present.  In recent years his interests have turned to the contemporary humanities and sciences and their relation to architectural thought.  Two recent books focus on these themes: The Architect's Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture, and Architecture and Embodiment: The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities for Design.  He is currently working outlining a model of cultural theory for designers.