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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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5 Smart Ways to Start Your Creativity Practice

CHANGE IS THE KEY TO CREATIVITY

As an architectural designer, you are often both problem-solving and striving to reach your fullest creative expression through your building designs. When these two goals are met, you as an architect have the ability to transform occupant life for the better – all because you are not settling for “default” design answers to complex design challenges. This means that you are striving for optimal creativity.

How often do you work to improve...

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How "Unbuildable" Design Concepts Can Advance Architecture

DISCOVER NEW INNOVATIVE POSSIBILITIES

When designing, it is important to consistently strive to push your body of work, so your next project is better than the last. Ideally, as you progress from design project to project, you are learning new insights and techniques that feed into future projects. But what about design projects that are conceptual, and “unbuildable”? Have you ever worked on a conceptual environmental design where the goal was not to build, but discover new...

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Top 5 Ways to Grow Design Creativity In the Next Year

As an environmental designer, it is ever important to lift your work to the next level. This means that you never settle into a design process plateau where creative growth remains stagnant. And as you work to inject multi-sensory design into your architectural creations, you keep your design vision, decision-making, and communication skills at their peak levels. This is why I created the following top 5 list of best ways to grow your design creativity in the year ahead…

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How Injecting Fiction Will Make You a Better Designer

OUTSMARTING DESIGN CONSTRAINTS

When designing, the constraints that reality brings to your set of programmatic challenges can be numerous. After all, you as a designer must solve for constraints including the financial, the technological, and the time-based. And while this must be done for each project, there is often a powerful aspect to design that goes unleveraged – the injection of fiction.

What if during early stages of design concept formulation, you stretched your creative...

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Unlock the Creativity within Your Multi-Sensory Design

IMPORTANCE OF MULTI-SENSORY DESIGN

Architectural design that pulls its inspiration and concept formulation from the desire to innovate occupant experience has great potential to uplift quality of life. And the key principle for this is to "innovate occupant experience", so improvements can be made for the way people live, work, heal, and play. When you design with an eye toward innovation, it becomes possible to create architectural narratives that help building occupants in...

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By Fixing Your Weakest Link You Can Boost Your Entire Design Process

When examining your design process, determine your weakest link — that is the area within your design process system that is hindering you from improving your design projects and/or your design business. Understand what is holding you back creatively (often you will find that there is a “weakest link” in your design process which is holding your whole system back. Thus, if you improve this link, your entire design process will benefit. So, whether your weakness is in...

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What to Ask Yourself Before an Architectural Experience

Do you seek out architectural experiences? Go beyond the confines of your office and your project site. Visit meaningful architectural works in the world (whether local to you or a distant trip away). And before you visit, ask yourself the following question – “What do I want to get out of experiencing this particular work?” Answer this question before your trip, and you will make better use of your trip because you will be looking for the creative growth you need at that...

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Strengthen Your Design Process By Going Semi-Public

Get feedback from others that you respect, and I mean more than only your client. Don’t work in a vacuum. By making your work “semi-public” at certain stages (even if “semi-public” means “within your office”), your design will become stronger as you will be able to respond with creative solutions to the different perspectives of what is working or not working within your project. Use the feedback you receive as a way to understand your own design...

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Master a Tool that Will Help You to See More in Your Design

Improve your skillset. Learn how to use a new tool, whether it be a computer-based one, a new physical or virtual modeling technique, or even a tool which can help you to develop a new way of analyzing building design factors like noise, light, wind, temperature and so on. Learning a new skill will help you think differently and communicate differently. And the more versatile you are with communicating design ideas to yourself and others, the stronger your designs will be from inception to...

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