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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 Environments Evoke Emotion in Occupants

How is it possible that one environment can make you feel happy, while another environment can make you feel sad. Can these feelings only be attributed to the people interacting with you? Or does the environment also play a role?

I believe that environments do evoke emotions in occupants, and the way you compose your architectural space with its many materials, lighting, sounds, and textures all play a role in the type of emotions occupants experience.

This leads to an important question that...

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How to Win New Clients with Design Presentations that Show Your Genius

There are many architecture firms that spend a great deal of effort, time, and money on trying to educate potential clients on the innovative ideas in their designs. Unfortunately, such architectural presentations often fall short, as clients are left without an understanding of why those innovative ideas are truly important and necessary. This lack of client understanding often costs architecture firms the project — where they miss out on the commission.

When a firm’s...

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Your Competitive Advantage - Win Clients with Designs You Are Proud Of

There are a lot of architectural design firms out there, and everyone thinks their designs are unique. But clients are not just buying “good-looking” and unique designs that are functional; they care about building designs that bring value to their bottom line — helping their building occupants thrive.

Unfortunately, due to many factors like project complexity, time constraints, and a lack of expertise, firms do not think about their clients’ ultimate goal at a level...

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How to Make Design Innovation Stick by Unlocking Authenticity

YOUR PROJECT UNIQUENESS

From project to project, it is important to allow design concepts to be authentic for the project context and for the project problem they aim to solve. Do you solve all projects within certain building types with the same solution? Or do you strive to ask new questions and find new insights with each project design challenge for which you must solve? If you aim for the latter, then you are taking a step in the right direction.

Each project challenge comes with its own...

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Avoid this Architectural Technology Integration Mistake when Designing

INTRODUCTION

When designing, how do you avoid this common architectural technology integration mistake? In this Micro-Lecture, you will learn three steps to help you holistically inject emerging technologies into the environments you design. These steps serve to heighten your project's sensory design performance for occupants.

 

MICRO-LECTURE TRANSCRIPT

How do you avoid this common architectural technology integration mistake? This is a mistake that often detracts from the sensory...

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Using Multi-Sensory Design to Solve for Your Project Challenges

FINDING DESIGN SOLUTION ALIGNMENT

In an architectural design project, there is often a core problem that the design needs to solve ― followed by secondary and tertiary problems that also need design answers. When creating your design concept, how do you find that “convergence point” where your design solves for all of these problems, limitations, and requests while still preserving the integrity and authenticity of your design idea?

Perhaps your design idea is driven by the design...

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The Gap between Your Creative Vision and Design Tools

CLOSING THE GAP TO PUSH YOUR CONCEPT VISION

The relationship between one’s creative vision and creative tools is very important. Each informs the other, and each is dependent upon the other to realize a design vision. As new design process tools emerge, new ways of thinking about concept design will surface. Conversely, as designers envision new and exciting concept design futures, new design process tools will be invented.

As architects, often there is a gap between the vision for a...

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Fusing Science with Poetics for “Design Beauty” Innovation

SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING AND POETIC MEANING

In the design of architecture, you must design for both types of understanding – the scientific and the poetic. There is a point where occupants will grasp scientific meaning above poetic, and vice versa. But at what moment does scientific understanding fuse with poetic meaning? And can this moment be called "beautiful"?

Nature's beauty can inspire your own architecture. For instance, you may frame a particular window to capture a sunrise each...

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The Role of "Unbuildable Ideas" In Your Design Process

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE "UNBUILDABLE" IDEA

What if while designing, your creative exploration takes you down a path toward an architectural idea that is "unbuildable"? Once you make the realization that your design approach cannot be physically realized…what do you do next?

There is a tendency only to qualify "extraordinary design" as a buildable idea that can be used. However, does this mean that unbuildable designs have no purpose, or are not extraordinary?

On the contrary, I believe...

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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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