Brain, Architecture & Virtual Reality (BRAVR) Lab

What we do

Apply the techniques of neuroscience to discover physiological effects of built environments on human occupants.


Characterize and understand human experience in the built environment. Use established neuroscience methodologies to create empirical criteria for evaluating built environments’ impacts on health, safety, and welfare.


A world in which building design will respond to human experienceDesigners working together with psychologists to design better offices for professionals, schools for children, and hospitals for patients.  


  • Developing techniques and platforms to apply neuroscience knowledge to built environment disciplines
  • Creating criteria for measurement of human experience in the built environment
  • Integrating self-reported experiences with cognitive neuroscience measures
  • Cultivating knowledge leading to a better design process

Current Project Description: Sustainable Environment’s Impact 

The goal of this research project is to develop, test, and validate a data-driven approach using virtual reality (VR) and electroencephalogram (EEG) technology for understanding the potential physiological influences of sustainable design features. We propose technology-enabled, repeatable measures for quantifying how Sustainable Building features affect occupancy emotion and cognitive functions – proxies for health and wellbeing.

BRAVR Lab Affiliations

Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Maryland Blended Reality Center

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