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Award-winning author, designer, and artist



Internationally recognized
Architect of Environmental Futures

Maria Lorena Lehman has spent 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". Maria Lorena Lehman is founder of MLL Atelier, LLC ⁠— a studio practice creating research-driven projects at the intersection of art and architecture, with specialization at the frontier of human potential, aesthetic 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.



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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