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How to Personalize Your Architectural Design as Filter


Maria Lorena Lehman


Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy


Why is it so important to think of your architectural designs as being filters? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how to better personalize your environments to individuals within a collective or culture so their experience within your design is a success.



00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: Why is it so important to think about your architectural designs as being filters? I'm Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. In this micro-lecture, we're going to explore how to better personalize your architectural designs. As you are engaging in the design and planning of your concept for your architecture project, it is important, as you know, to analyze your occupant's narrative. Not just the narrative of one individual, but the narrative of, also, the collective that your architecture will serve. In doing this, you will begin to notice that different occupants have different preferences, different routines and habits, different milestones they would like to achieve, and different needs at any given time. In doing this, it might help you to think of your architecture in a more time-based fashion where your architectural features are orchestrated to emit stimuli that feed occupant senses at just the right time, but that also do this by filtering. Your architecture can filter aspects like the material stimuli that it emits, or nature patterns in the weather, for example.

01:25 MLL: By filtering patterns, you are able to accommodate and foster occupant needs and goals in a more personalized fashion. Your architecture, when using aspects of new technologies like sensors, for example, can begin to target occupant-specific characteristics. In doing this, your architecture can better “filter in” and “filter out” the necessary stimuli that is needed to meet those needs for your given occupants. The best part is that your architecture can do this to feed multiple individuals, a collective of individuals differently at any one time. This taps into how you can personalize your architecture for a group or a collective of occupants from moment to moment. So think about using filter to create new types of boundaries within your architecture so that your stimuli that gets emitted isn't just one orchestration of stimuli that feeds all occupants the same, but it becomes recipes of stimuli that get orchestrated to feed occupants, different occupants, over time. In doing this, each of your occupants will achieve higher levels of success when experiencing your architecture.


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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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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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