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How to Create Innovative Architectural Design Concepts

By Maria Lorena Lehman — Get more articles like this sent to your email HERE.

Position Your Work Innovatively

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. After all, neuroscience will help you to design more attuned architecture as you gain greater understanding into how occupants think, behave, and feel. Biomimicry will help you to pull from the genius of nature to inform your design solutions. And nanotechnology will help you to redefine what materials can do within environments. Beyond all of this, there are even more disciplines that contribute great knowledge that can help you to bring your architecture to new heights.

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As a designer of environments, the key is for you to pull strategically from other disciplines for the right architectural project that solves for the right design problem. By understanding how to fuse the finding of other disciplines into an architectural design, you can unlock the potential of what your architecture can do for its occupants, their culture/community, and for the planet.

Strengthen Your Concept Design Process

When designing, you may like to research as part of your design concept formulation process. And during this research you will likely be re-framing your design problem while exploring different possibilities for its design solution. Yet, there is a type of research that you will want to carry on, regardless of which project you are working on. This type of research will give you a solid foundation of knowledge from which you can pull as you strive to create design solutions. Yes, this type of research is cross-disciplinary and helps you to position your architecture (and your body of work) ahead of the curve – by pulling from leading-edge knowledge. This research explores how your architecture can extract from the convergence trends and emerging findings from other fields. By being well-versed in these realms, your design concepts will be more innovative in the way they are highly forward-thinking, aesthetically beautiful, and poetically functional.

Expand Your Architectural Design Mindset Now

In my new book, entitled Adaptive Sensory Environments, I teach you about how trends are converging into the future – and how this will impact architectural design. By dissecting what goes into adaptive sensory design – a new methodology is born to strengthen the way you think about the future of architecture. This book provides a direct path for you to launch your journey into positioning your design work strategically. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in improving they way you not only think about architectural design, but also to improve the way you design that architecture. To get a deep understanding into how converging trends work, and how you can pull from other disciplines to positively impact your designs, read Adaptive Sensory Environments. (You can buy it from your favorite book retailer.)

I know you will enjoy this book – and once you read it, I would love hear what you think! Simply email me to let me know how it impacts your architectural design thinking and skillset. I look forward to hearing from you!

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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 multi award-winning visionary author, designer, and educator from the United States. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Tech and a Master in Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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