The User In Mind Symposium                    24th Jan 2018

By Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) of Singapore-ETH Centre 


The User in Mind: Cognition, Perception, and Behavior in the Built Environment.

How do practicing architects and planners design for and anticipate user needs?  

How can cutting-edge academic research on spatial cognition and behavior be translated into design policy? 

What new research directions in human behavior can help create better policies and guidelines for the design of buildings or districts?

This symposium brings together multidisciplinary perspectives from cognitive science, policy, and practice to explore how research intersects with the practice of architecture and urban design. 

Speakers include leading practitioners and academics from Singapore and beyond:

  • Chan Hui Min / Director, DP Architects, Singapore 
  • Prof Kees Christiaanse / KCAP Architects and Planners; Future Cities Laboratory; Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zürich
  • Asst. Prof Georgios Christopoulos / Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University
  • Prof Ruth Conroy Dalton / Head, School of Architecture, University of Northumbria
  • Prof Christoph Hölscher / Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Zürich; Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore
  • Gruffudd ab Owain / Executive Principal, AEDAS Singapore
  • Dr Victor Schinazi / Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Zürich
  • Terence Seah / Director, Benoy Architects, Singapore 
  • Elaine Tan / Director AUDE, Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Prof John Zacharias / Laboratory of Urban Process Modeling and Applications, School of Architecture, Peking University

Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD)

SIP 4 points are awarded upon completion of  this symposium:

 Date and Time: 

  • 24th January, 9am to 6pm.                              


  •  National Design Centre (Level 2)
  • 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969.
  • For directions, please click here.


  •  Please register here.