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How Emotion Can Inspire Your Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Micro-Lecture Introduction

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.

 

Micro-Lecture Transcript

00:00 Maria Lorena Lehman: How can you use emotion to inspire your architectural design decisions within your projects? I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. And in this Micro-Lecture, we are going to uncover how you can use emotion to enhance your architectural designs. You see, architecture has the unique ability to tap into occupant emotion, to help them experience their surroundings, each other, and themselves on deeper levels. Now by thinking about what emotion you would like to tap into or evoke within your occupants, you can actually reverse-engineer your design architectural features to actually tap into those emotions.

00:50 MLL: By beginning to think about architecture at this level, you will begin to see that your architecture is actually a fluid journey that your occupants take. And as they experience your architectural environment, they will begin to experience a series of emotions, not just one but a sequence of emotions, that will add up to yield the resulting architectural experience and memory that they will have of your environment. So begin to think about occupant emotions as you design to create and evoke those feelings of surprise, awe, or inspiration within your occupants to hopefully move them at those deeper levels. This is how you innovate and how you expand the human horizon.

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Maria: I came across your website through a reference in today's Architect Weekly ezine and am delighted I did. I'll bookmark your site and check back often. I read the first article and then the second and thirty minutes later realized how much time had passed. I've been practicing for thirty years and have always missed the stimulation of academia. I find each of your brief dissertations sort of like a day in design studio. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ron Ward
AI Group Design
I am excited to see you touch a vein of values in architecture, I have been chasing myself for years. Your depth of involvement in these very deep subjects is really beautiful and passionately dealt with and well written. Sound, color and value, shape, texture, scale, smell.... all definitive measures of the spaces we should be alert to. [...] I will savor the rest of your investigation of sensuality in architecture. I'm Glad I found you.

Dennis McLaughlin
McLaughlin Architect
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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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