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User Experience

A collection of articles about user experience.

User Experience
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Top 3 Tips to Connect Emotionally with Your Building Occupants

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Three fantastic methods to help you create architectural designs that touch occupants in just the right way, and at just the right time --- so they will connect with themselves, with each other, and with your design work in beneficial ways.

User Experience

Can Architecture Increase Workplace Creativity?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Architectural design emphasis is often placed on productivity, particularly for workplace environments. However, an increasingly important goal for such environments is to also foster occupant workplace creativity. After all, when productivity and creativity work in unison, then greater innovative momentum can be achieved.

User Experience

How an Architectural Exterior Design Impacts Occupant Journey

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

When it comes to sensory design, much emphasis is placed on architectural interiors that aim to uplift occupant well-being. And this is critical to get right within a design project. But what about the architectural exterior? How can one use sensory design to create exteriors that foster the right occupant journey?

User Experience

Architectural Smellscape: Designing for the Olfactory Occupant Journey

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Smell offers a type of wayfinding that not only becomes part of our experience of a space, but also serves to prompt or guide behavior within that space. A smell can act as a boundary which signals what lies ahead, or what has just been experienced.

User Experience

Data Mining for Healthcare Architecture and Beyond

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Data mining can be useful for not only healthcare architecture, but also for other building types. Just imagine how offices, schools, universities, stores, restaurants and even gyms can improve by becoming better listeners. Much can be learned from the conversations shared on social media platforms like Twitter.

User Experience

How Generating Architectural Concepts with Sensory Design Leads to Innovation

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Yes, many factors converge into an architectural design concept – everything from site analysis and sustainability, to contextual and cultural interplay are at work within your design concept formulation. And, it is within your design concept that all of these solutions must converge, where your design solves for core challenges and provides optimum occupant experience.

User Experience

How Architectural Restaurant Design Ideas Impact Taste

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Designers often ask “how does an environment impact the sense of taste”? Well, a tangible example of this can be observed within restaurant designs. After all, a restaurant atmosphere can set up expectations of how a meal will taste, and it can impact how those tastes are perceived, enjoyed and remembered.

User Experience

Using Sensory Design to Compete Against Online Retail

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

With the dawning of online retail and the displacement or forced evolution of places like bookstores and malls, designers are beginning to use sensory design to win out (or at least stay in the running) against their online competitors. You see, such brick-and-mortar retail stores are tapping into what the senses can yield from design, to make shopping in their business a true experience. And this experience for the senses is what limits online retailers today.

User Experience

What Makes Poetic Architecture?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Poetics is that moment in architecture when elements yield more than the sum of their parts. But what does this really mean? What is it that gets “yielded”? It could be, perhaps, the way architecture is able to “touch” its occupants on deeper emotional or spiritual levels. It could also be the way architecture can convey beauty together with meaning that leaves one feeling more fulfilled.

User Experience

Use Sensory Design to Boost Building Effectiveness

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

To help you better predict occupant need, which can often be a daunting task given many of today’s complex programmatic requirements, — sensory design can be used to help you unravel the “occupant need” architectural challenge.

User Experience

Examining the Relationship Between Architecture and the Human Body

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The relationship between architecture and the human body obviously has a long history. And the questions that arise when exploring this relationship are more than simply about finding the proper dimensions and placements within architectural space to “accommodate” a person and their behaviors within it.

User Experience

Thermal Comfort: Can Buildings Please Everyone?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

When do buildings feel just right? As your occupants live, work and play within your designed spaces, thermal comfort becomes an important quality that can make or break an environment quickly. Often, building designers strive to keep room temperatures comfortable throughout the building — but all too often, room temperatures fluctuate uncontrollably from room to room.

User Experience

What Gives a Building Its Personality?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Each nuance that a building emits comes together to become more than the sum of its parts. And often, that sum can be said to be an inherent character that a building exudes. But where does such character come from? And how do we know that a building has personality?

User Experience

How Your Architecture Can Help Occupants to Remember

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Creating the notion of a “scene” in your design is a good place to start. Within a scene, you can emphasize color, size, or shape which, through narrative, may take on deeper meaning about why it is present. Just as a store’s signage can create “place” in a street-scape, the scene which you create out of architectural features will call upon occupants to remember because of three reasons: placement, context, and mental image.

User Experience

Why Designing for Occupant Choice is Important in Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Within architecture, there are many places where occupant choice surfaces. Every time an occupant makes a decision on where to go, what to focus on, or what to feel — they are interacting with your architecture, and making decisions based off of it. So, why is occupant choice so important?

User Experience

Communicating Building Value Early-On May Boost Occupant Enjoyment

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The important thing for you to remember here is that you are always setting or meeting expectations for your occupants as they travel about your building. You’re setting them up for value, and your goal is to reach that value for them with your design. Thus, as you design, you should always think about what you are showing your occupants about the perceived value of your building.

User Experience

How to Design for Your Occupants Sense of Building Orientation

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Buildings often rely upon wayfinding design to give their occupants a sense of building orientation, and to perhaps spark that mental map that tells them where they have been as well as pointing them in the direction of where they need to go. And while wayfinding signage and other directional elements found within buildings can be helpful, I do think that a good architectural design should not be dependent upon such signage.

User Experience

Tailoring a Building Design Toward Occupant Emotions (Video)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As architects, we often try to design and think of buildings as vessels which engage with their occupants on many levels — including the emotional ones. And of course, those designs which connect with their occupants on emotional levels, are the designs that often have the most profound effect. Yet frequently, designers use their “instincts” to orchestrate novel and harmonious building design features that will serve to not only inspire, but also to connect with people in profound ways.

User Experience

Augmented Reality Give Your Building Materials New Behaviors

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

An augmented reality exhibit is quite inspiring to see because it shows how designers can push certain boundaries by combining a unique recipe between technologies, materials and their own creative talents.

User Experience

Start a Quality Control Design Test of Your Building After It’s Built

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Have you ever done a quality control design test of your building after it’s built? If so, how do you do it? And what do you do with the results?

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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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