Where I Am

I am available for speaking engagements at university, public, and corporate events. I can provide a general overview of recent research in my lab or I can tailor a presentation to your group. In the past, I’ve spoken to a wide range of audiences including the general public, architecture and design groups, environmental graphic design meetings, and urban planners.

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“You know you are in the hands of a good teacher when you look up … and your own ideas spill out like winnings from a slot machine. It’s fun, pure fun.”
Los Angeles Times

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APPEARANCES

All Sides
All Sides
Colin is interviewed on All Sides with Ann Fisher about why we get lost.
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BMW- Guggenheim Lab, Mumbai
BMW- Guggenheim Lab, Mumbai
What effect does the city have on your brain and physiology? Colin investigates in Mumbai.
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BMW- Guggenheim Lab, Berlin
BMW- Guggenheim Lab, Berlin
What effect does the city have on your brain and physiology? Colin investigates in Berlin.
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The Nature of Things
The Nature of Things
This episode, named after his 2009 book, features Colin’s research on wayfinding.
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BMW- Guggenheim Lab
BMW- Guggenheim Lab
In “Testing, Testing, Tested” Colin works with the Guggenheim to test the psychological effects of public spaces near the Lab.
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TEDxWaterloo
TEDxWaterloo
Colin does a TEDx talk on wayfinding.
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Speaking in 2017

San Diego, California (January 25). This is your brain on urban design. NewSchool Lecture Series

London, UK (May 3). Conscious Cities Conference (keynote)

Speaking in 2016

Halifax Nova Scotia (May 19). This is your brain on urban design. Nova Scotia Planners’Conference (keynote)

Doors Open Toronto (May 28-29). Psychogeographic walking tours of the City of Toronto.

Ottawa Ontario (June 15). This is your brain on urban design. Ottawa Planning and Development Town Hall (keynote).

Stockholm, Sweden (August 31). The Psychology of Design: Understanding the Factors that Lead to a Sense of Home. Upplands Väsby Urban Planning Day.

St. Peter’s Church, Kitchener ON (September 17). Architecture and emotion: The psychological impact of built spaces. Doors Open Waterloo Region.

RIM Park, Waterloo, ON (October 13). This is your brain on urban design. Third Age Lecture Series (subscription only).

RIM Park, Waterloo, ON (October 20). All that glitters isn’t green. Third Age Lecture Series (subscription only).

Knox Centre, Waterloo (October 26). Amplify – The 2016 Culture Summit (keynote).

Iberoamericana University, Mexico City (November 11). Places of the Heart – Lecture and workshop.

Webinar (November 17). Urban design, psychology, and public health. Public Health Agency of Canada (webinar).

The University of Texas at Austin. (December 5). Psychology of Architecture

Speaking in 2015

July 6
Annual Institute on the Library as Place, Waterloo, ON (keynote)

September 19
Urbanspace Gallery, Toronto. Workshops and experiments hosted by the Urban Realities Lab to continue until November 13.

October 20
Different Drummer Book and Author Series, Burlington Golf and Country Club

October 22
Ryerson City Builder’s Book Club, Urbanspace Gallery, Toronto

October 25
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn NY. Workshop, experiments and discussion.

November 26
This is your brain on urban design (keynote). City of Guelph Celebration of World Town Planning Day, Guelph, ON.

November 30
In the mobile world, is there a sense of place? Panel Discussion for City as Classroom Monday Night Seminars. McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Toronto, ON.

Speaking in 2014

Friday, September 19
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA.

Wednesday, October 8
Unsitely! Leveraging Design to Improve Urban Construction Sites
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, QC

Speaking in 2013

April 5th, “The psychology of post-oil”
Goethe Institute, Toronto

July 14th, “You Are Here”
Forge Media and Design, Toronto

November 2nd, “The subway squeeze”
Guggenheim Museum, NYC

November 21st, “Adventures at the intersection of neuroscience and architecture”
Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver

November 23rd, “Big brain waves”
Museum of Vancouver Vancouver

Speaking in 2012

March 3rd, BMW Guggenheim Lab
Berlin

December 14th, “Psychology on the street”
BMW-Guggenheim Laboratory Mumbai

December 15, “Sensing Mumbai” – Panel discussion
BMW-Guggenheim Laboratory, Mumbai

Speaking in 2011

March 3rd, TEDxWaterloo Waterloo

April 12th, Ryerson University Toronto

April 20th, “Wayfinding, psychology and virtual environments”
Forrec Design, Toronto

October 1st, BMW-Guggenheim Lab
New York City

October 15th, BMW-Guggenheim Lab
New York City

November 2nd, 
University of Guelph
Guelph

Speaking in 2010

March 26th, St. Mary’s Undergraduate Psychology Conference St. Mary’s University, Halifax

April 8th, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Markham Civic Centre, Markham

April 22nd, Bruce Trail Conservancy Toronto

May 6th, 
BeSpatial ’10 Paramount Conference Centre, Vaughan

June 3rd, 
BC Planning Association Sunpeaks Resort, Kamloops, BC

June 7th, 
Canadian Science Writer’s Association Ottawa

August 15th, You Are Here 2 Portland, Oregon

You can book me to speak at your next event! Get in touch with my assistant for details.