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Architectural Design

A collection of articles about architectural design.

Architectural Design
Architectural Design

The Promise of Multi-Sensory Design to Solve for Your Project Challenges

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

A key to finding a design convergence point that solves for many of the challenges your project faces is to place your building occupants at the center, through multi-sensory design. From here, it becomes possible to innovate architectural experience while also overcoming the difficult project challenges that exist.

Architectural Design

The Gap between Your Creative Vision and Design Tools

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As architects, often there is a gap between the vision for a building design and the existence of materials available with which it can be built. Yet, the gap between creative vision and creative tools is also just as important --- but in a different way.

Architectural Design

How to Use Authenticity to Innovate Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As you design, be sure to create authentic architectural environments that are true to their surrounding context, people, and culture. In other words, you can build upon the past while still relating to it and supporting it. Again, find the “uniqueness” of place, people, and culture --- and innovate to relate, support, and uplift.

Architectural Design

Design Effectiveness: Three Keys to Extend Building Lifespan

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Does your architectural design’s effectiveness deteriorate over time? Or does it improve? In other words, does your design solution stand the test of time by remaining meaningful and purposeful for occupants? Or is your solution short-lived – only solving for a short-term need, but not solving for longer-term goals?

Architectural Design

How to Create Innovative Architectural Design Concepts

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

It is important to pull optimally from latest findings in other fields in order to position your architectural design concepts innovatively. You see, architecture benefits from findings in fields like neuroscience, nanotechnology, biomimicry, and beyond.

Architectural Design

Can a House Design Prepare Its Occupants for the Day Ahead

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

House design can do more than simply be a passive player in its occupant’s life. Yes, homes can do more. They can serve to proactively foster, support, and propel growth in their occupants.

Architectural Design

How to Create Architectural Design Solutions that Matter

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Have you ever spent time and energy creating architectural design solutions for problems that did not really matter? Or have you ever experienced a design that presented a solution to a problem that was not that important?

Architectural Design

Design Better Architecture by Predicting Occupant Need

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Today’s article is all about how you can do a better job at predicting occupant need to improve your design — in other words, finding ways to engage your building occupant with what matters to them, when and how they need it most.

Architectural Design

How Famous Architecture Becomes So Iconic

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Famous architecture can be instantly recognized from anywhere in the world. You can see a photograph of a famous building, and get an instant sense of its larger context like its location’s culture, architect’s style, and timely era. In other words, famous architecture can become iconic.

Architectural Design

Why Architecture Details Yield Architecture Styles

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Architecture details come together to yield more than the sum of their parts. Individually, a detail can be observed through sight, touch, or even sound — and it is the architecture detail that can leave a lasting impression on a building occupant.

Architectural Design

Why Lacking Creative Vision Will Hurt Your Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Your creative vision is what will guide design decisions throughout the design and review process so your building concept doesn’t get chiseled away as the project goes on.

Architectural Design

Unused Urban Space Can Benefit from Sensory Installations

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Urban space that is “left behind” often becomes unused, simply existing as wasted space — in other words, a missed opportunity.

Architectural Design

Design Boundary to Enhance Architectural Experience

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The experience of architecture often involves separating the exterior from the interior. Occasionally, the two meet through windows, doors, or other building fenestrations. Such a separation is not always a bad thing — since much can be accomplished through a design which separates the exterior from the interior.

Architectural Design

Learning from Apple: Can Architecture Brand Thinking Help Your Design?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The first thing I think of when I think of an architecture brand is “experience” — that is, when sensory design elements come together to yield a place’s personality. And this “personality” can go a long way toward helping a place to achieve its goal.

Architectural Design

When Flexible Design Calls for More than Modularity

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Different needs surface that often require for a flexible design. Just think of how a home might need to grow or shrink (as the family does), or how a business may grow and change (as will its office building). Also, even within a school classroom, functions change multiple times a day.

Architectural Design

How Patterns In Design Can Make For Better Spaces

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Patterns in design are important when it comes to architecture. In fact, they can help an architecture to meet many needs at once because patterns speak multiple “languages”.

Architectural Design

How Long Is Your Building’s Lifespan?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Once your building design is fully functional, you may begin to wonder if it has a “lifespan”. That is, will your building one day become outdated? Will it cease to help its occupants the way it once did when it was first built? Or will it no longer be perceived as beautiful in the eyes of those that experience it?

Architectural Design

Go Beyond Architectural Signage to Strengthen Your Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

When designing your architectural works, do you give thought to how your occupant will navigate through the spaces that you provide? With this, I mean giving consideration to your project beyond programming and wayfinding — what I’m eluding to here is getting you to reach into the poetics of occupant movement through your building.

Architectural Design

How Architecture Can Promote Occupant Collaboration

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Buildings operate best when their pieces and parts work together as a system — and this includes occupants as being a part of that system as well. You see, in buildings like schools, hospitals and office buildings, occupants must often work together as a team to reach a desired outcome.

Architectural Design

Use Resourceful Architecture Techniques to “Pre-Experience” Design for the Senses

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

What do you do when your architectural design tool won’t allow you to test your design for the senses? How do you know that you are creating the best design for your future building occupants? What architecture techniques will you use?

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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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