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Design Process

A collection of articles about design process.

Design Process
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.

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How Concept Design Leads to Architectural Evolution

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

It is important to challenge yourself to create extraordinary architectural concept designs. You see, architectural concepts help to not only improve the results of your own project, but they also can work to pioneer and guide the architectural profession, emerging technologies, and new design processes. Much innovation is born during the concept design phase.

Design Process

Top 3 Techniques for Learning from Your Own Architectural Designs

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The coming together of your architectural elements will impact occupants, to either help them or hinder them. Of course, when you design, your intention is to help occupants through the environment you create. But how can you prevent your design from being used differently, or from becoming just another status quo building?

Design Process

How the Future of Concept Design for Architecture Will Change

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Many say that the most important phase of an architectural design is the concept formulation phase. Yet, many designers debate aspects related to architectural concept design – like what is the definition of a concept, what are the proper steps needed to achieve a concept, and what makes a concept design meaningful.

Design Process

How to Design Architecture for Occupant Memory

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Have you ever considered how you would like your architectural environments to be remembered? Yes, there are certain famous buildings that are recognized in an instant, and at times the “images” of such buildings spread throughout the world in iconic fashion.

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Avoid Conflicting Design Solutions by Injecting Time

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Have you ever designed for a solution that works in one environment and not in another? For instance, a certain architectural feature that uses color-shifting glass might work for the design of a restaurant, but not for the design of a library. Or a smart watch’s alarm reminding you to check your email or voice-message works well if sounding when you are waiting on a bus, but conflicts tremendously if alerting you while you are driving.

Design Process

How to Create Healthcare Design Ideas from “Healing-Flow”

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The place to start innovating healthcare design ideas is by better understanding patient needs. This includes not only a deep understanding of what limits their healing process, but also a deep understanding of what propels their healing process.

Design Process

How Your Environment Can Help You Design Better

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Can environments trigger behavior change that helps you to reach your goals — thus, helping you to achieve what you may not have otherwise accomplished?

Design Process

What To Do With Glass in Architecture That is Twice as Durable as Steel

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

What would you do within your design if you had access to glass in architecture that was stronger and more durable than steel? Would you span longer distances with it? Create more transparent and “warped” forms with it? Or might you even create new combinations of perceptual intrigue — like a transparent cantilever which extends outward further, or a transparent building base which makes all that is above it appear to “float”.

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When Architectural Objects are “Food” For the Designer’s Creative Mind

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Architectural objects collectively say a lot about us. And as such, you as an architect can use this information to not only design better spaces for your occupants, but to also learn more about your occupants before you ever design their space.

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How Commercial Building Plans Can Help You Refine Your Building Design Vision

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Commercial building plans evolve over time as you travel through the different stages of creating your building, from schematic all the way through to your construction document set. As your original architectural design concept materializes in the beginning, you soon begin to anchor in those building design ideas that need to be finessed and built upon as your design process moves forward.

Design Process

Boost Creativity for an Innovative Design By Asking “What If” (Video)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Have you considered that by thinking about a design on water, you may actually come up with more innovative design solutions to many of the problems that arise when trying to design for land?

Design Process

When In Your Design Process Do You Have Most Leverage Over Cost and Quality?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

How do you know you are really leveraging them during your design process to streamline your efforts — lifting the quality of your design, the speed at which you design and lowering your final building cost?

Design Process

Get Rid of the Weak Links in Your Design Process

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

how you do you decide which design process is the best one for you? Are you wasting valuable time and money by working with the wrong or not quite right architectural design process? Should a design process be specified by each designer or be carried throughout your entire firm? Or should it be based on your building-type? Your client preferences? Or some other parameter?

Design Process

Communication Is the Oil in Your Architectural Design System

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Communication is fundamental in getting your design vision executed correctly. You communicate with a multitude of people as an architect: first and foremost with yourself, then with your team, with your client and ultimately with your occupants. And all of this makes up your design system.

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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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Hybrid Architectural Design Tools for Extraordinary Presentations

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.

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

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.