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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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How Architectural Poetics Improves Human Performance

ARCHITECTURE FOR A BETTER WORLD

With the design of each built environment, it is possible to help make the world a better place for individuals, the collective, and the planet. The key is to rise as architectural designers to create poetic architecture, not mere status quo buildings. You see, it is with poetic architecture that environmental design can awaken potential to nurture the self-actualization of those it serves.

Three key architectural effects impact building occupants through...

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Top 5 Ways to Spark Your Initial Creative Design Idea

For so many, great change-making design ideas seem elusive. Just how does one find that initial spark that launches an entire project around a game-changing idea? Really, it can happen in unlimited ways, but the following five idea generating methods are the most common that I have experienced, and seen other designers experience as well.

· THE VISUALIZATION IDEA: This way of sparking an idea is derived from an initial glimpse into a unique design solution that evolves into...

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How to Achieve Peak Creativity Quickly

When facing a complex design challenge, how do you find creative ways to solve for it quickly? Often, such complex challenges come with quick deadlines or with solutions that take too long to find and implement. In situations like these, you need to be at peak creative levels while also engaging with that creativity fast.

 For example, just imagine working to create an architectural design concept to be entered into a competition. You need to analyze the design challenge, solve for it...

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How Creatives Use Narrative to Create Extraordinary Experiential Flow

When thinking about and designing architecture, you develop design processes that work for you. But how often do you step outside your own architectural design process to learn from other design and creative fields? Have you every delved into what it is like for a book author to write a book? Or a filmmaker to produce a film? Or a game designer to create the next epic video game? 

You may be wondering...Other than the fact that there is creativity and design involved in making buildings,...

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Win Clients in New Markets with Confidence in Your Design Presentation

There are many architectural firms trying to enter new markets in effort to expand their project portfolio, client base, and create revenue growth. However, the difficulty arises when an architect's confidence is weakened because they do not yet have experience with completing any projects that fit into the new market category. The "catch 22" becomes:

How do you gain experience in a new market, when you do not have any experience to show you can do the job?

So, how do you gain the trust,...

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How Creative Vision Teaches You to Become a Better Architect

FORESEEING IMPACT OF VISION

It is inevitable for architects to integrate occupants into their design process. Not only must environmental designers solve for occupant needs, but they must also consider how occupants will engage with and subsequently change the design intent once the environment has been constructed.

In other words, as an architect, it is important for you to ask yourself if the way your design gets constructed and used is the way you originally envisioned when starting the...

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Using Design to Step Beyond One's Comfort Zone

SPACE THE EXPANDS YOUR POTENTIAL

What if environmental design could push occupants beyond their comfort zone at just the right time to help them achieve milestones and goals they desire? What would this type of architecture look and feel like? Would you want to experience it?

Just imagine all of the times in life when stepping out of your comfort zone has brought you success in some area of your life. Perhaps you stepped out of your comfort zone to exercise. Or perhaps you stepped out of your...

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Neuroscience: Changing the Way You Design for Function

SEEING FUNCTION FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE

The design of environments often occurs through a “default” way of thinking. This means that many designers are not pausing to really question whether the functions for which they design, are indeed happening in the best way possible. It is easy to simply design for dining, healing, learning, or working without really questioning if the way we all carry out those functions is the most effective. For example, might a restaurant have a...

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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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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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