Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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How to Use Light to Harness Architectural Design Poetics

DESIGN AS A SCIENTIST AND ARTIST

As an architectural designer, how you think about light can make all the difference in your design’s success. For example, do you work with architectural light as more of a scientist or an artist? This distinction can help you to become better at doing both. And when you design environmental light as both a scientist and an artist, your designs will be more fully enjoyed by occupants as they experience the poetics of your built vision.

When you...

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Top 3 Ways Design Becomes a Global Collaboration

SEEING BEYOND THE LOCAL

It is important for architectural designers to each do their best as they work to solve for local and project-specific challenges, and reach their own vision and goals for a given project. But it is also important for architects to take a more global approach to design – where each project becomes a piece of a larger, more global, puzzle system. Yes, a design project can do its part to solve for local challenges, and can even do its part to create new local...

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How Procedural Modeling Can Change the Future

REDEFINING OF “HISTORY”

Most recently, I have been working with procedural modeling software to create very forward-thinking conceptual designs. This way of modeling objects, buildings, or even cities is quite interesting as it allows for a more rapid testing, experimentation, and prototyping of ideas. And when procedural modeling integrates sensory design methodologies, opportunity to achieve high level poetics can surface.

In computer terms, the word “history” takes...

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Nautilus Book Award Winner: Adaptive Sensory Environments by Maria Lorena Lehman

NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD WINNER

I am delighted to share the wonderful news that my book, Adaptive Sensory Environments, just won as 2017 Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal Winner in the “Creative Process” category.

This is very exciting news, and I am honored that Adaptive Sensory Environments is now forever aligned with the Nautilus Book Award and its mission to help make the world a better place.

ABOUT THE NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD

The Nautilus Book Awards ...

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Know When Your Project is Complete: From Satisfaction to Fulfillment

A SURPRISING QUESTION

I was surprised by the number one question architects asked me during a recent survey I conducted. They wanted to know “Should I ever be completely satisfied with my architectural design project? And how do I know when to be satisfied with it?” These are both very good questions, and they each led me to think even more deeply about my own creative design process. The following is how I think about design project completion and satisfaction.

TWO...

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What Is the Purpose of Achieving Poetics in Design?

A NEW LEVEL OF AWARENESS

As environmental designers, it is important to keep an occupant-centered approach when creating those all-important creative concepts. And to achieve a high level of success with your building, once in-use, it is important to understand what your measure of success actually is for a project. There can be many metrics by which to gauge the success of an architectural design – productivity improvement within an office space, healing quality within a hospital, or...

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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 to Integrate Digital Nature into Your Architectural Design

There are times within an architectural design project when digital nature can accomplish goals that actual physical nature cannot. For example, within hospital settings where cleanliness is of prime importance, digital nature can be brought inside. You see, digital nature can be used in three unique ways to enhance an environment that serves to empower the occupant that inhabits its space. The following are three techniques for you to “pull” from physical nature, to create...

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How to Know When You Find the Right Design Solution

STEP 1: EMERGENCE OF A CONVERGENCE POINT SOLUTION

As you work your way through the all-important design concept phase, how do you assess the quality of your design concept? There are numerous aspects you can base a design concept’s success upon. For instance, how well does your design concept meet the needs and goals of its future building occupants? Or, how well does your concept solve for your client’s needs and requirements? And, how does your design concept add to the...

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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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