How Emotion Can Inspire Your Architectural Design

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How Emotion Can Inspire Your Architectural Design

Micro-Lecture Introduction

How can you use emotion to inspire your architectural design decisions? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how reverse-engineering your design features and designing for a fluid occupant journey can both bring your design to new heights by evoking emotion.

 

 

 

Micro-Lecture Transcript

00:00 Maria Lorena Lehman: How can you use emotion to inspire your architectural design decisions within your projects? I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. And in this Micro-Lecture, we are going to uncover how you can use emotion to enhance your architectural designs. You see, architecture has the unique ability to tap into occupant emotion, to help them experience their surroundings, each other, and themselves on deeper levels. Now by thinking about what emotion you would like to tap into or evoke within your occupants, you can actually reverse-engineer your design architectural features to actually tap into those emotions.

 

00:50 MLL: By beginning to think about architecture at this level, you will begin to see that your architecture is actually a fluid journey that your occupants take. And as they experience your architectural environment, they will begin to experience a series of emotions, not just one but a sequence of emotions, that will add up to yield the resulting architectural experience and memory that they will have of your environment. So begin to think about occupant emotions as you design to create and evoke those feelings of surprise, awe, or inspiration within your occupants to hopefully move them at those deeper levels. This is how you innovate and how you expand the human horizon.

About the author

Maria Lorena Lehman

Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary artist, designer, and author focusing on links between environmental design, science, emerging technologies, and human potential. Lehman is founder of MLL Atelier, an art-based architectural design research practice. Maria Lorena Lehman is author of the award-winning book entitled, Adaptive Sensory Environments. She is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize for the "most creative use of digital media in relation to the design professions". Lehman also creates sculptures and paintings described as "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, and a Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, from Virginia Tech. She is internationally published and in numerous periodicals, including The Architect's Journal, Esquisses Magazine, Architect Magazine and Forbes.