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design for human potential

Learn to create environments using innovative design methodologies to help build a world where all people can thrive.

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master adaptive sensory design

to create high performance environments


The HPA design methods I teach are based on over 20 years of experience (including academic research and professional practice), and are used by my students worldwide.

Join if you are ready to pull from biophilia, captology, neuroscience, and emerging technologies to design architecture and urban environments that adapt sensorially to help all people thrive and actualize their potential.

what academy students are saying...

"Since taking the Sensing Architecture Academy course(s), I've had success because I've learned a cohesive process to apply to my own design process. The course is going well, and the teaching style is very methodical. I'm enjoying the process, and am using it to analyze my own system."


"What I like the most about the Sensing Architecture Academy courses is the well mastered progression from fundamental concepts to more refined ones organized in a way that I can grasp the whole thing at the end with a strong core concept. These concepts are apparently simple at first, but then grow deeper and deeper since they get a powerful meaning at the end of the course. Love it."

yann, france

"I appreciate the care and sensitivity Maria Lorena Lehman brings to all her projects and her ability to share these traits with students who are looking to learn creative and gentle ways of joining art, form, and function as part of the living environment."


"Thank you! The Sensing Architecture Academy 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."

anushmadhu, india

"Before enrolling in the Sensing Architecture Academy, I was challenged with learning how to touch the soul [through environmental design]. Since taking the course(s), I now understand how [through design] beauty is not only seen with our physical senses, but also with our soul and spirit. I really like Maria Lorena Lehman's teaching style."

deyanira, dominican republic

"Congratulations on the amazing work and deep research behind each of the Sensing Architecture Academy's courses. [...] Thank you so much."


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about maria lorena lehman

Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary author, designer, and educator focusing on links between architectural design, science, and emerging technologies. Lehman is founder of the MLL Design Lab | Sensing Architecture ® Academy of Design and author of the award-winning book entitled, Adaptive Sensory Environments. ArchDaily describes Maria Lorena Lehman as “one of the leading experts on delivering exceptional occupant experience through smart building design”. Her research attracts an international audience as it bridges between theory and application to unlock what environments can do to benefit occupants in innovative ways.

Lehman holds a Master in Design with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Lehman is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize for the “most creative use of digital media in relation to the design profession”. While at Harvard University, Lehman worked to innovate healing environments by researching at the nexus of architectural technology, digital media, and neuroscience within the Harvard Graduate School of Design, House_n. Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Neuroscience Department of the Harvard Medical School.

Maria Lorena Lehman is internationally published and in numerous periodicals, including The Architect's Journal, Esquisses Magazine, Architect Magazine, and Forbes. Currently, her research looks for new ways environments can uplift quality of life by innovating experience through multi-sensory design, adaptive design, and emerging design process tools, strategies, and methods. At the heart of her work is a motivation to push the role of the environment into more proactive realms that empower people to thrive and achieve fulfillment at their highest potential. Maria Lorena Lehman has a vision for how interdisciplinary findings and innovations can converge together with creative and forward-thinking design processes to unlock more nurturing architectural futures.