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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Do You Design Architecture "Beyond the Box"?

TRANSLATING DRIVERS THROUGH YOUR DESIGN PROCESS

As an environmental designer, how do you keep your creative edge sharp? In other words, what do you do to keep your design process fresh and innovative as it pulls from your experience, research, and skillset? When doing this as an architect, your creativity will be ever-expanding and your ability to think “beyond the box” will grow evermore genius.

Developing the ability to evolve your design process is critical not only to your...

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A Filmmaking Tool for Dynamic Architectural Design

THE BRIDGE BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND FILM

The link between architectural design and film is an important one. For instance, designers may think of architectural space as narrative, which is also a way to think about the sequential frames that yield a film. But have you ever thought about using the tools and process that filmmakers use to help you visualize your architectural design during its initial concept development stage?

Specifically, the storyboarding technique is very beneficial to...

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Using New Mediums to Shift Architectural Paradigms

CAPTURING THE POETICS OF SPACE

As an environmental designer, it is important to bridge between the worlds of theory and practice. Each pushes the other to deepen, by expanding boundaries and making new connections. Yet, there is an in-between mode where theory and practice fuse. This moment of fusion is of particular interest to me, and is where my design approach focuses.

As I work in this in-between with different artistic mediums to explore and capture the poetics of space, the years of...

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How to Analyze Your Sketchbook (to Grow Design Results)

SHIFTING PARADIGMS

Look at your notes, diagrams, and sketches in your journal for the past year. How do these come together to yield your results? To start your analysis, look for patterns. For example, do you write about the same topics over and over again? And is this reflecting in your design work? If you default to the same design paradigm without deepening your insight from project to project, then you likely need to inject a catalyst that will prompt deeper thinking; and thus,...

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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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Top 3 Ways to Grow Your Design Process to the Next Level

FROM A DESIGN PLATEAU TO DESIGN EVOLUTION

Are your design projects evolving in quality over time? Or are your architecture project results the same from project to project? These are important questions to consider as you strive to innovate not only your architectural design project results, but also strive to position your firm on the leading-edge.

Those architects who do not evolve their design process (improving it over time) will eventually plateau; and thus, create environments that meet...

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How to Design for Architectural Flow

THE IMPORTANCE OF NARRATIVE

When watching a film, the audience of that movie is experiencing a cinematic “flow”. That is, they are immersed within the real-time narrative of the film as it progresses from scene to scene. The same can be said about architecture, as it flows from feature to feature with transitioning spaces between features. Architectural flow is a higher-level poetic goal to reach as you design environments. After all, there is a significant difference between a...

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Design Environments beyond Function to Reach a New Level of Poetics

Designing occupant-centered architecture calls for designers to think about environments as providing more than mere comfort. For architectural design, this means striving to reach beyond functionality within your solution. Together with function, aesthetics and meaning must be fused. But how do these all work together to yield new kinds of poetics that innovate occupant experience to uplift quality of life for the better? It all begins with your initial design vision and subsequent...

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How to Leverage the Future of Architectural Concept Design

THE ARCHITECT AS COMPOSER

What will the future of the architectural design process bring? Will you carry forward your trusted design methods while also injecting the opportunities that emerging design technologies bring? As a forward-thinking designer, I invite you to consider what your own future design process could be like, with the continual development of augmented/virtual reality, prediction algorithms, and faster global communication. Such convergence of advancements will help you to...

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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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