By award-winning architectural visionary, Maria Lorena Lehman

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 US 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.


"Maria Lorena Lehman has established a formidable international reputation as a researcher and teacher of multi-sensory design. All her work is devoted to enhancing the human experience when working and living in buildings. This book continues to explore this motive and shows her keen awareness of the lessons from the past and current trends in foreseeing the future for architecture. It is full of creative thought. 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. This is a book students, academics and professionals in practice should embrace and I believe will relish."

— Dr. Derek Clements-Croome

Professor Emeritus, School of the Built Environment

Reading University, United Kingdom

Bringing Architecture to the Next Level

Fourth Edition

Maria Lorena Lehman


Do your architectural designs foster well-being in occupants? Do your designs innovate architecture technology in new ways? And do you make design decisions that pull from the latest scientific findings, including biomimicry design or where design meets neuroscience? In Bringing Architecture to the Next Level, you will discover how to solve the six greatest design challenges that hinder all architects. And when you unlock these six keys, you position your architectural design process to achieve its highest potential. Within this one-hour guidebook, you will shift your mindset to reach breakthrough ideas, meet and predict occupant need using sensory design, leverage your design process to get more with less, and rethink technology to unleash your innovative edge. For both architecture and interior design professionals alike, Bringing Architecture to the Next Level will help you integrate innovation in architecture to create environments where people thrive.


"I have just finished reading the book, entitled ‘Bringing Architecture to the Next Level’ by Maria Lorena Lehman. I am utterly thrilled by the thoughts she has put forward and I think the book is an important contribution to the discipline of architecture. In my work, I think a lot about cities and how the experience of urban life can be fulfilling and uplifting to all. This book is helping me see new paths to that goal. Please accept my thanks for the profound insights contained therein."

— Kigara K.

Environmental Designer

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