Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Schematic Design – Using an Occupant-Centered Design Approach

INTRODUCTION: THE DEFINITION

Schematic design is the first stage of an architectural design project, and within this phase there are important milestones to get right that will greatly leverage the project’s results throughout the rest of its impending design phases. For example, by iteratively designing through various schematic prototypes, it becomes possible to optimize one’s design concept idea in a way that prevents future errors and expands the discovery of new design...

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How Design Intent Evolves Into Design Usage

Introduction

In today’s Micro-Lecture, you will learn about the differences between design intent versus design usage. It is important to consider each when designing both during concept formulation and later design development. By being conscious of your design’s usage possibilities, you can better fine-tune your design vision and its resulting outcome — even if re-design is necessary. This is how your design evolves for the better. Simply watch the Micro-Lecture to learn...

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Using Architectural Flow to Innovate Your Design Concept

Introduction

In today’s micro-lecture, you will learn how to optimize the design of your concept’s architectural flow by learning how to give attention to the “between spaces” that exist before and after architectural features. By also focusing on these “between spaces” you can create better experiential flow for your building occupants. And this helps you tie your design ideas together to support your overarching design concept, which ultimately leads to...

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Use 3D VIZ Models to Create Design Behaviors

Introduction

This micro-lecture serves to deconstruct the 3D Visualization modeling process to show how it can go beyond representation, to also become a more integral part of the design process that enriches architectural design for experience. In today’s video micro-lecture, you will learn about the feedback cycle where 3D visualization models can be used to inform design decisions about form and material behaviors. The diagram used in the micro-lecture shows how the feedback loop...

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Top 7 Ways Your Architecture Prototype Model Can Capture Transience

Introduction

In today’s micro-lecture, I will teach you the top seven ways your architecture prototype model can best inform your design vision and decision-making when trying to capture the transience or changeability of an environment. These seven prototype modeling methods are presented along a spectrum that helps you to decide which method will work best for your design process needs. Again, the aim of this micro-lecture is to expand your design skillset palette, so you can see more...

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Your Architectural Design Process: 3 Steps Toward Innovation

Introduction

In today’s micro-lecture you will learn about a critical feedback loop which improves your architectural design process. Marked by three primary steps, this improvement cycle diagram will prompt you to start thinking about how you can better integrate an occupant-centered approach into your design process. Additionally, you will learn about three key innovation points where you can leverage your results, as you renew occupant experience within your environments. This...

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How to Use Environmental Psychology to Innovate Architecture

Introduction

This micro-lecture explores how environmental psychology can be used to innovate your architectural design. You see, by understanding how to dissect your occupants’ behavioral cues, you can gain insight into what aspects of your design to target for improvement. In this lecture, you will learn the five key dimensions that feed into occupant health, going beyond comfort, to impact interactions – all from an occupant-centered design approach. Watch this micro-lecture...

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Embed Portals in Architectural Technology Design

Introduction

In today’s micro-lecture, you will learn about 3 technology portal types that can be integrated into your architectural design. By thinking about architectural technology design as portal integration, you can expand upon, and push, the present-day uses of technology to bring greater benefit to your building occupant. In the micro-lecture, you will what portal types exist today, and how you can design to push beyond them.

 

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How to Learn from Building Design Concept Examples

Introduction

In today’s micro-lecture, you will learn how to pull more deeply from building design concept examples that you reference. It is important to not copy another’s building design concept, because your own design challenge is likely to be very different, with its own unique complexities, requirements, and opportunities. Watch this micro-lecture to learn three critical ways to pull from what building design concept examples can teach — to inform the way you go about...

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Urban Architecture – A Design Process of Co-Creation

INTRODUCTION – ADAPTIVE URBAN ARCHITECTURE

Urban design within cities around the world has impact upon the citizens they serve. As environmental designers, it is important to continuously evolve how cities beneficially influence citizens as they live their daily lives within these urban areas. A critical way by which to accomplish this is to design urban architecture within such cities so they cooperate and collaborate together to yield a relationship of co-creation with their...

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