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I see a new future for our world where environments holistically nurture humanity in ways that bring the best out in our nature as we actualize our highest potential. Architecture and urban design can proactively foster function, beauty, and meaning that use environmental poetics to transform and uplift life for the better in entirely new ways. With creative tenacity, multi-sensory design methods, and an innovation mindset I believe environmental design can play a major role in helping humanity and the world to advance into its next evolution where all can thrive.

Maria Lorena Lehman | Founder, SENSFORMA

Notable Milestones

1997 - 2004
Lehman earned 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. Lehman is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize for the “most creative use of digital media in relation to the design profession”. While at Harvard University, Lehman worked to innovate healing environments by researching at the nexus of architectural technology, digital media, and neuroscience within the Harvard Graduate School of Design, House_n. Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Neuroscience Department of the Harvard Medical School. Prior to research in academia, Lehman was a Design Associate at a notable and award-winning architecture firm.
Lehman launched the digital platform, Sensing Architecture which became a JDR Nominee for Best Architecture Blog in the Industry. During this time, Maria Lorena Lehman appeared in publications internationally, including ArchDaily, Esquisses Magazine, The Architect's Journal, Architect Magazine, and Forbes. Lehman's vision to create a better world through environmental design was deepening, and gaining traction in the media. During this time, Lehman also published the first edition of Bringing Architecture to the Next Level, a guidebook that would later be read by thousands.
2012 - 2016
In 2012, Lehman launched the MLL Design Lab and also founded the Sensing Architecture Academy of Design which taught an international student body of environmental design practitioners, researchers, scholars, and specialists. During this time, Lehman also authored the book, Adaptive Sensory Environments with Routledge as publisher. Lehman became a Featured Author with Routledge, and also continued authoring other contributions such as the chapter entitled Environmental Sensory Design in the 2nd Edition of the book Intelligent Buildlings.
2017 - 2018
In 2017, Adaptive Sensory Environments by Maria Lorena Lehman won a Silver Medal Nautilus Book Award in the Creative Process category. Established in the United States in 1998, the annual Nautilus Book Awards recognize books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Previous winners include Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Additionally, Lehman was Finalist in the Hewlett Packard (HP) Urbanization of Mars Rendering Challenge for her design concept animated film entitled Montsechia: The First City on Mars.
The work of Maria Lorena Lehman continues to gain momentum as she deepens her vision for how environmental design can help to create a better world. In 2019, international research built the case for "Interaction Narratives" based on the work of Maria Lorena Lehman. These findings were published in the peer-review research journal entitled Buildings. In 2020, Lehman launched SupraPlace, a learning laboratory where she shares her latest developing environmental designs, discoveries, and theories with members. In 2021, MLL Design Lab received the Travel and Hospitality 3D Design Firm of the Year Award for the United States.
The time is ripe to continue pushing the boundaries of what environmental design can do to uplift quality of life for the evolution of humanity and the planet. The MLL Design Lab aims to deepen and expand the vision of Maria Lorena Lehman in exciting ways that help guide our future toward highest potential trajectories. In this way, all of humanity, as both individuals and a collective, can experience a world that nurtures to bring out the best in all by helping each person to actualize their highest potential.
Here's to designing a better world!


"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

"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."

5-Star Review
United States

"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, Architect
Dominican Republic

"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


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