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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.

Video Micro-Lectures

How Emotion Can Inspire Your Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

How can you use emotion to inspire your architectural design decisions? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how reverse-engineering your design features and designing for a fluid occupant journey can both bring your design to new heights by evoking emotion.

Video Micro-Lectures

How Hospital Design Can Help to Heal Patients

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

How can hospital design help patients to heal more quickly and with better quality? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn the importance of stimuli synchronization and how to use it within your designs to strategically help your building occupants thrive.

Video Micro-Lectures

How Your Design Can Amplify the Benefits of Nature

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

How can your design amplify the benefits of nature? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn important paths to begin your journey of learning from nature at deeper levels…to then inject what you find into your architectural designs.

Video Micro-Lectures

How to Improve Architectural Design for Occupants

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

How can you improve your architectural design for occupants? In this Micro-Lecture, you will learn why sensory design is so critical for your architectural designs – while also discovering how to use it to optimize the positive impact of your environments for occupants.

Video Whiteboard Lectures

How Design Intent Evolves Into Design Usage

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

In today’s Micro-Lecture, you will learn about the differences between design intent versus design usage. It is important to consider each when designing both during concept formulation and later design development. By being conscious of your design’s usage possibilities, you can better fine-tune your design vision and its resulting outcome — even if re-design is necessary.

Video Whiteboard Lectures

Using Architectural Flow to Innovate Your Design Concept

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

In today’s micro-lecture, you will learn how to optimize the design of your concept’s architectural flow by learning how to give attention to the “between spaces” that exist before and after architectural features. By also focusing on these “between spaces” you can create better experiential flow for your building occupants.

Video Whiteboard Lectures

Use 3D VIZ Models to Create Design Behaviors

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

This micro-lecture serves to deconstruct the 3D Visualization modeling process to show how it can go beyond representation, to also become a more integral part of the design process that enriches architectural design for experience. In today’s video micro-lecture, you will learn about the feedback cycle where 3D visualization models can be used to inform design decisions about form and material behaviors.

Video Whiteboard Lectures

Top 7 Ways Your Architecture Prototype Model Can Capture Transience

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

In today’s micro-lecture, I will teach you the top seven ways your architecture prototype model can best inform your design vision and decision-making when trying to capture the transience or changeability of an environment. These seven prototype modeling methods are presented along a spectrum that helps you to decide which method will work best for your design process needs.

Video Whiteboard Lectures

Your Architectural Design Process: 3 Steps Toward Innovation

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

In today’s micro-lecture you will learn about a critical feedback loop which improves your architectural design process. Marked by three primary steps, this improvement cycle diagram will prompt you to start thinking about how you can better integrate an occupant-centered approach into your design process.

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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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