MLL Atelier is an award-winning art + design studio, founded by Maria Lorena Lehman.
A world of Joy.
The call is upon us to not only solve for global problems, but to also solve for global possibility. While the latter is important to consider, it is the former that primarily drives my creative practice. I believe that when we reach for what we can become, we see better ways to solve for what we have not yet been.
I see a future for our world where environments holistically nurture humanity to bring the best out in our nature as we actualize our highest potential. To build this vision, I create art that uses imagination to push design horizons.
Within my art, I present worlds that make the seemingly impossible, possible. This helps us rethink, appreciate, evolve, and nurture how we cultivate our own world – including our innermost being, as well as our external reality.
Buckminster Fuller once stated, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”.
Through my research-based artwork, I am building new environmental design models with vision, creativity, and compassion. Ultimately, my mission is to cultivate a world of joy. By seeing beauty not only when it is easy, but also when it is difficult, life becomes richer because the feelings of curiosity, aliveness, and love win.
— Maria Lorena Lehman | Founder, MLL Atelier
About MLL Atelier
Biography of Maria Lorena Lehman
Statement of Practice
“Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary and forward-thinking artist, author and designer. 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 | CEO at Pixies, Forbes under 30
"Maria Lorena Lehman has established a formidable international reputation. She examines how technology, nature, learning from other design sectors and many other aspects can harness benefits for occupants and in this way transform architectural design."
— Dr. Derek Clements-Croome
Professor Emeritus, School of the Built Environment
Reading University, United Kingdom
"I was challenged with learning how to touch the soul through environmental design. Since learning from Maria Lorena Lehman, I now understand how through design beauty is not only seen with our physical senses, but also with our soul and spirit."
— Deyanira Khouri
"After being in architecture both academically and within the industry for over 20 years, I feel as though what Maria Lorena Lehman teaches brings to light long lost and forgotten components, secrets, and keys to creating hi-functionality and attentive design. Something computers don’t often provide when the designer is in the trenches."
— Archtitude, 5-Star Review
"I present this testimony to express my gratitude and admiration for this website and the lecturer's outstanding performance, which shows abundant knowledge and strong presentation. These lectures by Maria Lorena Lehman have benefited me in my scientific life as a university professor and my professional practices as an architect. I always wish her good luck."
— Dr. Usama Konbr
Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering Department
Tanta University, Egypt