Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

Meredith Banasiak

Senior Instructor
(303) 492-2807
Office: 104


Meredith Banasiak is a Senior Instructor in the Environmental Design program at University of Colorado Boulder. Meredith’s research interest lies in examining the connection between the environment, body and brain using the lens of cognitive science in order to inform design applications which support human functionality, both physical and cognitive. As a Research Associate with the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), Meredith collaborated with neuroscientists and architects to promote cross-disciplinary research, and engaged in neuroscience research at George Mason University investigating spatial effects on cognitive processes across the life cycle.


  • Master of Architecture, Arizona State University
  • Honors Bachelor of Arts (HAB), Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience & Architecture
  • Universal Design
  • Human Factors
  • Environmental Psychophysiology
  • Applied Research

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 6290/6251, Neuroscience and Architecture, Graduate Seminar
  • ARCH 6840, Independent Study
  • ENVD 4929, Research Assistantship
  • ENVD 4300, Universal Design
  • ENVD 4300, Urban Istanbul, Global Seminar and studio, Istanbul, Turkey
  • ENVD 3919, Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship
  • ENVD 3300, Praxis Studio, “Design for Learning”
  • ENVD 3310, Studio 2, upper division studio
  • ENVD 3100, Architecture Studio, upper division studio
  • ENVD 3152, Introduction to AutoCAD, Seminar
  • ENVD 2001, Human Behavior in Design & Planning
  • ENVD 2002, Environmental Design Media, Studio
  • ENVD 1102, Design and Communication 2 analog, Studio  
  • ENVD 1052, Design and Communication 1 digital, Studio
  • ENVD 1004, Introduction to Environmental Design, Studio

Selected Publications

  • Lindberg, C., Banasiak, M., & Tran, D. (under review). “Individual differences in the office: The interaction of personality factors and workplace enclosure”

  • Kalbfleisch L, DeBettencourt MT, Kopperman R, Banasiak M, Roberts JM and Halavi M (2013). “Environmental influences on neural systems of relational complexity”, Front. Psychol. 4:631. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00631

  • Banasiak, M. (2012). “Cultivating a culture for Neuroarchitecture: Linking cognitive science to architectural experience in design education”, 2012 ANFA Conference Posters. ANFA - Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. 2012. Web. 22 February 2013. Banasiak, M. (2010). “Vehicles of exchange and change: The role of the student in promoting a culture of research in the profession”, 5th Edition of The AIA Report on University Research. American Institute of Architects.

  • Banasiak, M. (2009). “From Benchtop to Bedside: Exchanging research lessons learned in an

    undergraduate program”. American Institute of Architects 2008 RFP Report.

  • Sullivan, J., Banasiak, M. and Messick, C. (2009). “Social-technical tools for sensemaking and sketching”, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) International 2009 Conference Proceedings, Springer.

  • Banasiak, M. (2008). “Design with the Brain in Mind: Linking cognitive science to architectural experience in design education”. ACSA Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings, Houston, Texas.

  • Iguchi C., Banasiak M., Shaw A., Kopperman B., Kalbfleisch, M.L. (2007). “Methods for Retaining Ecological Validity in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Paradigms”. Gordon Research Conference on Magnetic Resonance, Biddeford, ME.

  • Kalbfleisch, M.L., Banasiak, M. (2007). “Special Populations: Giftedness and ADHD”, In: Callahan, C., Plucker, J. (Eds.) What Research Says About…: An Encyclopedia on Research in Gifted Education. National Association for Gifted Children, Washington, D.C. Prufrock Press.