Slide exploring the intersection of psychology, architecture and urban design

My Latest Book: Places of the Heart

Learn about the relationship between emotion and place and how technology is changing this interaction.

Speaking Engagements

In addition to university lectures, I speak at public and corporate events ranging from TEDx to book readings.

Mind Wandering

Read my regular column in Psychology Today – Mind Wandering – to learn about the psychogeography of everyday life.

Streets with No Game

Is urban design a matter of public health? Check out this article I wrote for Aeon Magazine to learn more.

“Delightfully lucid… Ellard has a knack for distilling obscure scientific theories into practical wisdom.” – New York Times

Recent Posts

  • A couple of years ago, I was recruited by a local church that was struggling with the same issues as most other Christian churches in the Western world – a decrease in attendance and membership, which in turn was leading to financial woes and a......

  • Sometime in the spring, I had the pleasure of taking part in an online event called “The City in Mind,” organized by my friend Davide Ruzzon, who wears many hats but whom I know best as the director of IUAV University’s Master’s degree program in......

  • I can’t remember a time this year when I didn’t want to start a piece of writing with….well this is not what I expected. The last time I was on here I was filled with ambition to document my lock-down experience, beginning with the observation......

  • It’s taken me quite some time to digest what has been happening to the world so far in 2020 and to my own life in particular. Like so many others, I’ve been in full WFH mode for a few months now and consider myself very......