Architecture Focus
Award-winning art + design studio presents


The Architecture of Human Potential

Internationally recognized
Design Visionary

Maria Lorena Lehman — with over 20 years growing the evolutionary edge of environmental design.


Described as "one of the leading experts on delivering exceptional occupant experience through smart building design", Maria Lorena Lehman is an award-winning author, and is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize for "the most creative use of digital media in relation to the design professions". The artwork of Maria Lorena Lehman is described as "evocative visual poetry of motion that is a new inspiration" by Daniel Smith, the company that creates watercolors for artists worldwide.

Maria Lorena Lehman holds the degrees of Master in Design with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the United States, and a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Tech in the United States. Lehman also studied with Professor T. Kelly Wilson during the "Drawing from Masters" course at Harvard University.

Maria Lorena Lehman is founder of MLL Atelier LLC ⁠— an award-winning studio practice creating research-driven visionary projects where architectural design and futures thinking converges with emerging science and technology to create new frontiers for human potential, transcendent beauty, and phenomenology of space.


Adaptive Sensory Environments

An Introduction

Maria Lorena Lehman

Silver Medal Nautilus Book Award Winner

Adaptive Sensory Environments by Maria Lorena Lehman won a Silver Medal Nautilus Book Award in the Creative Process category. The book presents a cutting-edge methodology for adaptive sensory design by fostering an inter-disciplinary approach in which aspects of neuroscience, biophilia, captology, nanotechnology, kinetics, and sensemaking all play critical roles in helping adaptive architecture ‘tune’ to occupants. Established in the United States in 1998, the annual Nautilus Book Awards recognize books that are conscious catalysts for positive change toward a better world. Previous winners include Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Enroll in the MLL Atelier Academy of Architecture, Architectonomy, to get special insider access into latest growing-edge research by Maria Lorena Lehman.


Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary and forward-thinking author, designer, and artist. Her books and advice are an endless source of inspiration and they truly embody the future and progress of the physical space and people. She has a 360 degree vision and therefore her advice makes you broaden your imagination, and drives you through your design path. Her suggestions have helped me many times to understand the strengths of my ideas as well as its weaknesses, and have given me the means to develop every project in unpredicted ways.”

 Andrea Saliola, Head of Research, Pixies, Rome, Italy