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How to Avoid this Common Architectural Technology Integration Mistake when Designing

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

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.

Architectural Design

The Promise of Multi-Sensory Design to Solve for Your Project Challenges

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

A key to finding a design convergence point that solves for many of the challenges your project faces is to place your building occupants at the center, through multi-sensory design. From here, it becomes possible to innovate architectural experience while also overcoming the difficult project challenges that exist.

Architectural Design

The Gap between Your Creative Vision and Design Tools

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As architects, often there is a gap between the vision for a building design and the existence of materials available with which it can be built. Yet, the gap between creative vision and creative tools is also just as important --- but in a different way.

Design Process

Fusing Science with Poetics for “Design Beauty” Innovation

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As you design your architectural concept, it may help you to think of design features and their materials as exuding both scientific and poetics effects. For the scientific, one may question how a particular design was achieved. While for the poetic, one may question how a particular effect was captured. In either case, the scientific understanding when coupled with poetic meaning leads can lead to amazing beauty.

Design Process

The Role of "Unbuildable Ideas" In Your Design Process

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

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?

Architectural Design

How to Use Authenticity to Innovate Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As you design, be sure to create authentic architectural environments that are true to their surrounding context, people, and culture. In other words, you can build upon the past while still relating to it and supporting it. Again, find the “uniqueness” of place, people, and culture --- and innovate to relate, support, and uplift.

Video Micro-Lectures

How to Personalize Your Architectural Design as Filter

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how to better personalize your environments to individuals within a collective or culture so their experience within your design is a success.

Design Process

Hybrid Architectural Design Tools for Extraordinary Presentations

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Most designers rely on the same design tools to formulate their design concepts, over and over again --- without giving much thought to how the design tool, itself, impacts the design outcome. You see, your design presentation tools can be used to experiment with new design ideas, and they can be innovated to help you breakthrough to new levels of design.

Design Process

The Design-Behavior Loop: How Occupant-Response Informs High Performance Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Yes, architectural design evokes behavioral response within its occupants. And as an architect it is important to understand, analyze, and improve upon your design process and end-results. Thus, by delving more deeply into the ways your design impacts those that engage with it, you can ultimately gain information to help improve its outcome.

Design Process

Design that Reaches for the Impossible

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

By pushing environments to do more for occupants, you will delve further into uncovering the nuances behind what your building occupants need, both in the short-term and long-term. As you research in this manner, you will see ways for your design to reach higher synergistic levels by envisioning your design in greater detail.

Technology

Top 3 Ways to Leverage Technology When Designing

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As an architect, it is important to guide your tools in a way that helps you see deeper into your designs. Yes, using 3D visualization tools do help you to make your initial design vision more tangible. But how can you go beyond this, to leverage technology to better formulate and analyze a concept during your design process?

Virtual Reality

How Computerized Contact Lenses Can Make You Think Differently About Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As technologies continue to advance, building occupants are becoming capable of more and more. It began with the introduction of the computer, then went onto the smart phones, and now on the forefront are augmented reality technologies — one of which carries with it far-reaching implications.

Virtual Reality

Enhancing Occupant Experience with 3D Mobile Augmented Reality (Video)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Such mobile devices can be not only a great way to pool information about your occupant(s) “status” within your building, but can also serve to help you design new adaptive systems within your building in entirely new ways. Just imagine the more personalized experience and better collective effect your architecture can give them.

Virtual Reality

The Future Impact of Augmented Reality

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Augmented reality and other virtual digital displays can revolutionize they way we interact within architectural spaces. When sitting in your office, experiencing a museum or simply learning in school, occupants already use digital media to carry out even the most basic of tasks. Just imagine what the evolution of augmented reality can do.

Virtual Reality

5 Reasons Augmented Reality is Good for Architecture

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Architecture is getting better at connecting — linking you to more environments, information and people all over the world. Augmented reality is a big reason why. You see, technologies that cater to augmented reality will act as ‘portals’ that link you to information, communities and destinations in real-time. Such advances are changing the way you experience architecture, both aesthetically and functionally.

Virtual Reality

Applying Virtual Reality to Museum Exhibits

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Museum exhibits are getting evermore technologically advanced and virtual reality is one of the latest trends. Of course, virtual reality can be immersive, interactive or both.

User Interface Design

How Communication Gestures Can Make Buildings Smarter

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The two: building and occupants, have an unparalleled relationship where each adapts to the other over time and in different ways — and as new technologies, and in particular gesture technology, makes its way into the forefront, I think that buildings will be able to communicate with occupants through more natural, nonverbal and real-time cues.

User Interface Design

A Headset Brain Computer Can Help Your Occupant Control Their Environment by Reading Their Thoughts (Video)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

An exciting new brain computer interface technology has been demonstrated as a new way for users to interface with their machines. And I think such technology can serve as a liaison between occupants and their buildings.

User Interface Design

Architectural Design Usability For Everyone

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As an architect, is important for you to understand your occupants as more than just an “occupant load”, and really begin to understand the demographics of who will be using your building and why — and most importantly what do they want to achieve when within it.

User Interface Design

Innovative Ideas via User Interface Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As architectural technology and emerging architectural tools provide us with new and improved ways to design, you should be questioning what buildings do and how they do it.

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Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary author, designer, and educator from the United States. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master in Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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