UCSD’s Calit2 given $100,000 from HMC Architects

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, known as Calit2, at UC San Diego received a $100,000 gift from HMC Architects, it was announced Wednesday, March 25.

The donation will be used to expand the institute’s virtual-reality based research into the effects of architecture on the human brain.

“We are looking to develop a system that will give us information to validate the positive effects buildings can have on users of all types - from patients, doctors and visitors in healthcare settings to students, teachers, researchers and the general public in learning environments,’' said Randy Peterson, chief executive officer of HMC Architects.

The gift will come in the form of cash and professional services over the next two years, according to UCSD.