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biography of maria lorena lehman

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biography of maria lorena lehman

Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary author, designer, and educator who was awarded the Harvard University 2004 Digital Design Prize for the “most creative use of digital media in relation to the design profession”.

Lehman holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors (BArch, 1998) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master in Design with Distinction (MDesS, 2004) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. While at Harvard University, Lehman’s research focused on the intersection between digital media, architectural technology and neuroscience. Lehman researched within the Harvard Graduate School of Design, House_n. Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Neuroscience Department of the Harvard Medical School.

In 2005, Maria Lorena Lehman was invited as a Returning Critic to evaluate student work for Re-visions, a Master and Doctoral level course at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Lehman also served as Instructor for the Digital Media Skills course for Master of Architecture students at Harvard University. Lehman was also an Expert Teaching Assistant for the Digital Media I + II course for Master of Architecture students at Harvard University.

Prior to research in academia, Maria Lorena Lehman was an Associate at Boggs & Partners Architects, an award-winning architecture firm located in Annapolis, Maryland. During her six years with Boggs & Partners, she contributed to and led design efforts, helping the firm to win nineteen prestigious architecture awards, on projects such as the Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy, Federal Office Building 8 on Capital Hill, The Advisory Board Commons at the Watergate Building and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

Maria Lorena Lehman receives numerous honors for her creative designs and thoughtful investigations. She received the 1998 Juris Jansens Memorial Award for Excellence in Design and the 1997 Michelle Currie Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. For each honor, Maria Lorena Lehman was selected from all of the architecture students at Virginia Tech, approximately 550 architecture students. Maria Lorena Lehman was also appointed to the Honorific Committee, representing over 350 architecture students, to evaluate teaching excellence at Virginia Tech.

In 2008, Maria Lorena Lehman founded Sensing Architecture a website and digital platform to share and discuss her area of expertise within the architectural community. In 2016, Lehman created the Sensing Architecture ® Academy where architectural practitioners, scholars, researchers and consultants go to learn directly from Maria Lorena Lehman. In addition to working on other publication and design projects, Lehman also continues her investigations on the bridge between the human sensory system and technology for architectural design.

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publications by maria lorena lehman

  • Lehman, Maria Lorena (2017) Adaptive Sensory EnvironmentsNew York/ London: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group 
  • Lehman, Maria Lorena. (2013) “Environmental Sensory Design” In: Derek Clements-Croome Intelligent Buildings, 2nd Edition. London: ICE Publishing.
  • Lehman, Maria Lorena. “How Sensory Design Brings Value to Buildings and Their Occupants”Intelligent Buildings InternationalJournal Issued: 2011. Vol. 3. No. 1.
  • Lehman, Maria Lorena. Bringing Architecture to the Next Level. Sensing Architecture: Massachusetts. 2010
  • Lehman, Maria Lorena. “A New Dawn for Healthcare Architecture” Building Tomorrow Magazine.Journal Issued: 2010. Issue 1.
  • Lehman, Maria Lorena. “Interpretation and Evolution: A Scenario” International Journal for Architectural TheoryBrandenburg University of Technology. Journal Issued: 02/2007. Theory of Interpretation: Vol. 12. No. 2. December 2008.