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Select from non-fiction, fiction, and interactive books to transform the way you design for the future.

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Read books authored by Maria Lorena Lehman that inspire and teach you to vastly improve your design mindset and skillset. These books will keep you at the leading-edge of architectural design.

Explore new worlds through the narrative of a non-fiction academic monograph or thought-provoking essays on cutting-edge topics. Each guides you to ask the right questions of your creative process and design methodology to help you position your work for the future.

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designs inspire your soul

Works by Maria Lorena Lehman serve to inspire and teach exploration methods to advance creative processes for architectural design. Enhance your own creative space with these beautiful designs by Maria Lorena Lehman.

2D gallery

Inside this 2D Design Gallery, you will find: paintings (mixed media), sketches/ drawings, digital compositions, and computer rendering visualizations.

3d gallery

Inside this 3D Design Gallery you will find: 3D-print design sculptures exploring the composition, still motion, and behavior of spatial constructs.

4d gallery

Inside this 4D Design Gallery you will find: interactive design works which factor for time through design response. These are presented through the narrative of film.


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Maria Lorena Lehman is Founder of the Sensing Architecture ® Academy. Courses taught through this cutting-edge platform bridge between architectural design, neuroscience, and new technology.

Enroll in courses to take your design concept formulations to new heights or advance your Sensing Architecture ® expertise by enrolling in the more advanced ArchiSensing or ArchThink Courses.

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Enroll in the Design Formulator: Concept Genesis Course to learn the Pattern-Detection Technique that takes your concept designs to new heights.


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The following featured blog articles include latest research explorations by Maria Lorena Lehman.

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The Sensing Architecture Magazine is now available within the Apple Newsstand. You can simply use your iPad or iPhone to access great Sensing Architecture articles, videos, and more!

I would just like to say that after being in architecture both academically and within the industry for over 20 years, I feel as though what you're saying in this magazine brings to light long lost and forgotten components, secrets, and keys to creating hi-functionality and attentive design. Something computers don't often provide when the designer is in the trenches. — Archtitude
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 about maria lorena lehman

Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary architectural author, designer, and educator focusing on links between architectural design, science and new technologies. Lehman is the Founder of the Sensing Architecture ® Academy and Author of Adaptive Sensory Environments. She is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize, and holds degrees from both Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Maria Lorena Lehman is internationally published and in numerous periodicals, including The Architect's Journal, Esquisses Magazine, Architect Magazine and Forbes.

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discover new projects

This dashboard will guide you to latest projects by Maria Lorena Lehman.

book publications

Enjoy Maria Lorena Lehman's latest book publications that will expand your design mind. Explore new worlds through nonfiction, fiction, and interactive narratives.

design creations

Feed your creativity by enhancing your design space with the works of Maria Lorena Lehman. The making of these designs is as beautiful as the final outcome.

course launches

Enroll in Sensing Architecture ® Academy courses to create extraordinary life-changing architecture, positioned for the future.

projects in development

The following are current projects in development. Prepare for publication and release dates by checking this progress log.

book: adaptive sensory environments
book: emotive city

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Thank you! Your [course] lessons are wonderful. I have gone through all of the lessons many times, and I have found new dimensions and perspectives to approaching architectural designs.


I have been following your blog for quite some time now and I’m a big fan and love everything you post. It’s just so interesting and you talk about issues no one ever told me about during my university years, and for that I’m truly grateful. Discovering your blog was like discovering a whole new way of approaching architecture, and definitely a new path in my designing. Thank you Maria!!


I have just finished reading your book ‘Bringing Architecture to the Next Level’. I am utterly thrilled by the thoughts you have put forward and I think the book is an important contribution to the discipline of architecture.


My name is Edgar and I’m a faithful reader of your blog – I’m subscribed to it and read almost every piece you publish. I’ve discovered some of the greatest architecture themed articles and concepts on your website and I would like to thank you for that.


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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