Neural Architects

Neural Architects documents a unique collaboration between a leading architectural practice, Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd, and a community of scientists seeking to understand how we think, feel, understand and remember. The outcome of this collaboration is an outstanding laboratory for the 21st century, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at University College London, funded jointly by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.’

This book celebrates the opening of the building in 2016, and highlights the links between the architecture and science inside the Centre.

‘Ian Ritchie and his team swept away all preconceptions about how to design a laboratory. Instead they visited neuroscientists around the world, gaining an intimate understanding of the way they use and construct the spaces around them. Through continuing dialogue, the design team imagined the new lab ‘from the inside out’, and then finished it with a stunning contemporary take on the Fitzrovia streetscape.’

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation asked me to develop the book in collaboration with the author Georgina Ferry. We followed the progress of the building over three years, got in contact with architects and neuroscientists, and learned a lot from both sides: a truly unique book design experience.