Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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How Architectural Innovation Can Make You a Better Architect

Introduction

Finding and learning from latest architectural innovation trends can really help you to be a better architectural designer. You see, by understanding how architecture is advancing, you can take advantage of latest breakthroughs to improve your own designs. In this video, I will show you the next steps in architectural innovation for dynamic building designs — plus, you will learn how each step builds upon the last, so you understand where innovative architectural qualities...

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How to Increase Building Performance for Occupants

Introduction

Your building performance can be increased with careful design attention to how it interacts with its occupants. You see, by strategically designing architectural elements to positively influence occupant behavior — you will be creating architecture that helps its occupants to meet their goals. In turn, this increases your building’s value for occupants. In the this video, I will show you how to boost building performance for your occupants, so they’ll not only...

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Using Design Science to Make Your Architecture Better (Video)

Introduction

Scientific findings about how environments impact occupant behavior, thought, or emotion are important for designers to incorporate into their creations. This video walks you through two such findings to help architectural designers create more effective buildings. The use of design science in architectural design can help architects to better understand how their spaces will impact occupants — and by using scientific research about how environments affect the people they...

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What Architectural Presentation Techniques Reveal

Introduction

Architectural representation is advancing, and with those advancements come new information that can be extracted to help designers make more informed design decisions. From 2D CAD drawings, to 3D renderings and animations, to CAVE 3D Immersive Projections — different information can be extracted from each to help architectural designers. Watch this presentation to learn more about what different architectural representations reveal:

 

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Finding Clues to Increase Building Performance for Building Occupants

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In today’s video, I explain how you can hone your lateral design thinking skills, enabling you to design more effective, more inspiring and more innovative buildings. In understanding the mindset shift I discuss in the video, you will be better able to identify clues that will help to make your designs better for your building occupants — whether they be patients or medical staff within a hospital, students or teachers within a school, or employees within...

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How Adaptive Architecture Gets Personal through Responsive Gradations

Video Summary

In the video today, I lead you through an exploration of responsive gradations, where your architecture assumes more adaptive compositions to engage with your occupants as they engage in varying activities. And just as your occupant’s engage in different activities, so too, can your architecture.

By taking on the example of a classroom’s adaptive architecture, and the various elements within it that must speak to the architecture — it is possible to evolve...

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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 Building Design Can Affect Occupant Decision Making (Video)

Video Summary

In the video today, I delve into various ways architectural design speaks to its occupants as it inherently provides “choice”. And as an architect, you hold the key as you design such architectural elements, which all affect your occupant in a multitude of ways. For instance, many of these elements either compete with each other, or work with each other, as they offer incentives (or deterrents) that may influence your occupant’s decision-making as they travel...

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Transient Elements within Hospital Design Can Improve Patient Healing

Video Summary

In today’s video, I explore how a patient room within a hospital can be designed as a narrative made up of a patient’s behaviors. By being able to orchestrate room elements within a hospital design’s patient room, you as an architect can bring building elements to foster healing by tapping into both the patient’s cognitive and behavioral processes.

As you watch this video, think of how you might tap into the resources with such a room, so that they...

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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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