Meredith Banasiak
Senior Instructor • Design Researcher, Boulder Associates Architects
Environmental Design

Meredith cultivates multi-disciplinary research, knowledge sharing, and application to inform design innovation which optimizes health, performance and access. Her experience in research, practice and pedagogy supports the transformational shift in design towards an evidence-based, person-centered culture. In 2012, she launched Humans and Buildings Laboratory (HabLab), an interdisciplinary research group committed to studying interactions between people and environments using correlates of wellbeing.

As a faculty member in architecture and environmental design programs, Meredith integrated neuro and cognitive science concepts in her studio and lecture-based courses to facilitate designing for human diversity across physical, sensory and cognitive abilities. As a design researcher, she is responsible for cultivating research partnerships with healthcare organizations, exploring novels methods for conducting real-time research, and gathering and translating evidence with designers. She has developed community-academic partnerships as part of the design studio courses she taught with Casey Middle School, and Temple Grandin School for Autism Spectrum Education. She is an advisory board member for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), and has published in education, psychology, medicine and architectural research journals and books.