This interview was a real eye-opener. Ana described what a life-changing experience it was to leave her native Spain for Finland, where she finished her architectural studies and worked designing learning environments. She also talked us through the overwhelming influence of built space on the behavior and well-being of all humans.

“Space is a teaching tool.” (Ana, 39:28)

For a more comprehensive look at her work, check out these links:

Twitter @AnukiNuk


Ana is an enthusiastic architect who believes in innovation through built space. She graduated from CEU Architecture School in Spain in 2014, but she actually finished her Architecture training at Aalto University in Finland. There, she worked designing learning environments and started her research about NeuroArchitecture. Between 2014 and 2016, she did her online training in Neuroscience and Perception at Duke University while she was an interdisciplinary teacher at Colgate University in NY.

Nowadays she combines her research titled “The Neurological impacts of built space and its relationship with human behavior” with her job as a high school teacher. She truly believes that the foundation of architecture is to ensure the emotional health of its dwellers.


Ana recommends:

PSAAP – Platform of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape 
Website by the award-winning young Spanish architect Maria Auxiliaroda Galvez. She has created an experimental lab where she studies how our body shapes space and how to use spatial design to improve the experience of living.

Atlas of Emotions
Research project by Paul Ekman. Getting to know our emotions is key to knowing our bodies. Emotions, feelings, and space are all connected, that’s what NeuroArchitecture is about. This website is a dynamic tool that can be used to learn about emotions. It’s very useful for teaching kids social-emotional intelligence.

ANFA – Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture
Non-profit organization where Architects and Neuroscientists meet sharing their research on NeuroArchitecture and Design.


The Listen Podcast
S10, E3: Architect Ana Mombiedro on mapping the body

A solid foundation is laid over four years at Juilliard, and incredible experience is gained over 25 years working on the stage and screen. Now, an actor uses her hard-won perspective and wisdom to coach her clients.

My dear friend Lauren and I could talk for hours, and sometimes we do! So glad we could capture one of our conversations and share it with you. We reminisce about our first tour together as young actors, then focus on Lauren’s work – first as a Juilliard-trained performer, and then in her current role as voice and speech coach to actors and non-actor professionals.

Check out this wonderful article Lauren wrote on “Speaking Well and the Line between Practice and Performance.”

“The body is a system.” (Lauren, 18:57)

To contact Lauren about private coaching, visit her website

Somatic Experiencing Institute:

You can also find her on Instagram: @yourdesertwitch


Lauren Lovett is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division in New York City, and is now based in Los Angeles. She has had specific vocal training with Patsy Rodenburg and Saul Kotzubei. In addition, she studied Education at Monmouth University and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine. For 25 years, Lauren worked as a professional actor in theatres across the country, including the Mark Taper Forum and The Geffen Playhouse in LA. She has also appeared on TV in ER, Guiding Light, Days of our Lives, and The Whole Truth. She was the voice of the “Childhood is Calling” campaign for Rice Krispies for many years. She has been coaching actors and non-actor professionals for 20 years in voice, speech, dialect and public speaking confidence. Companies include Dreamworks Animation, B/S/H, Morgan Stanley and several others. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity and VASTA.


The Listen Podcast
S10, E2: Voice and speech coach Lauren Lovett on letting the body lead.

A single mom self-soothes by going through the drive-thru and eating alone in her car, but the pounds pile on. After many failed attempts at losing weight, she reaches out for help, vowing to break the cycle.

Jen Pendleton has lost and gained more pounds than she cares to count. In 2014, she reached an all-time high body weight of 265 pounds, and for most of her adult life she has battled binge eating disorder. Today, she has lost 115 pounds, which took almost four years to lose, and she has maintained that loss for the past two years. She documents her journey via her JenX Journey blog and Instagram account.

“Listen to your own gut.” (Jen, 55:01)

To contact Jen about one-on-one nutritional coaching, visit her website 51
Check out her fitness blog JenXJourney or
follow her on Instagram @51bridgesnutrition or @jenxjourney


Jen launched 51 Bridges Nutrition in May of 2020, a business which provides one-on-one virtual nutrition coaching. She is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach in Sports & Exercise Nutrition and has a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Communications, with a minor in Counseling Psychology. She is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and USA Weightlifting Coach and coaches at Elavus CrossFit in Crawfordsville, Indiana.


Jennifer recommends:

Fit Men Cook:


The Listen Podcast
S10, E1: Nutrition Coach Jen Pendleton on the long game