During the past ten years, a new trend in design and architecture has gained popularity and has become a significant force in the market. It is not a fancy design style, a sleek new material, or a revolutionary construction system. It is the ancient science of Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shuae), and its increasing popularity necessitates an expertise that marries the traditional knowledge with contemporary sensibilities for design.
Although initially looked down upon by architects, designers and realtors, Feng Shui has made its way from Asia to America to Europe and back in the most effective yet underestimated way: Word of mouth.
Along with the growing interest and coverage from the press, the number of self appointed “experts” exploded. But, in many cases, their training was dubious and misguided, leading to a proliferation of questionable applications.
Today, Feng Shui is associated with anything from haircuts to car design to mirrors and crystals, dragon and frogs.
It’s no wonder some design professionals are skeptical, rolling their eyes when clients request to work with the dreaded “Feng Shui Master”. In nearly ten years of practice as a Feng Shui consultant for architectural projects, I have worked with some architects and designers who feared or otherwise avoided Feng Shui. Their mistrust may have stemmed from a previous unfavorable experience or some horror story from a colleague.
After growing up in the Interior Design business and having received training in architecture myself (School of Architecture of the Polytechnic in Milan, Italy), I understand the architect’s and designer’s perspective when designing a project, and I tailor my interventions to his or her professional skills as much as to the client’s requests. When I first began my practice, there were no models to follow. So, I forged my own path and have since honed it down to a science.
First of all there are a few myths worth unveiling when we address Feng Shui. Let’s begin with its terminology. When most people mention “Feng Shui,” they are usually referring to a westernized version that is a conflagration of simplified design psychology, superstitions, and religious symbolism, much of which has been adopted (or invented) over the past 20 years.
When using the term “Scientific Feng Shui,” or “Traditional Feng Shui,” I am referring to an ancient natural science, a discipline that was revered in many ancient cultures - Celtic, Egyptian, and of course Chinese - but was progressively forgotten as those ancient civilizations disappeared or evolved.
The Chinese version was preserved through elite scholarship. Only well educated scholars were allowed to study and practice it, and only those of high social class were able to use it.
Scientific Feng Shui was developed over about 5,000 years. It is composed of several theories and addresses multiple applications, including timing of construction, building orientation, landscape, design and decoration. An extremely dynamic science, it also considers compatibility between the building and the occupants.
This takes us to the second myth that I’d like to address: the certified Feng Shui master.
To acquire enough knowledge and experience to qualify as an expert requires years of practice, especially when working with architectural projects, which are exponentially more complex than the decorating of an apartment, for example. The title “Feng Shui Master” was originally bestowed only upon individuals who practiced for 10 years or more. And, the title “Grand Master” was reserved for those individuals with at least 25 years of experience.
Sadly, I have witnessed a proliferation of poorly qualified “Certified Feng Shui Masters.” And, because there is no regulatory board to discriminate the true Masters from the well-intentioned-but-incompletely-trained practitioners, it is important to inquire about the training and experience of any so-called Feng Shui Masters before deciding to work with them.
When I became interested in Scientific Feng Shui twenty years ago, I was very intrigued by concepts and questions of quantum physics. I also became quite passionate about “bio-compatible” and organic choices in nutrition, wellness, and the environment.
What I found when researching the basic principles of Scientific Feng Shui was that the root principles had much in common with other early scientific disciplines and were often developed in connection with them. These include astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology, geology and seismology (the study of the Earth’s movements), traditional chinese medicine (TMC) and mathematics.
So, the generations of ancient scholars that developed this system for designing buildings, decorating and arranging the landscape were also well versed in mathematics, weather patterns and the internal motion of the Earth.
Furthermore all of these disciplines were rooted in the understanding of Qi - translated in English as Life-Force energy. Qi is the building block from which everything is made. Different vibrational patterns define different materials, and they all interact with each other - a concept strikingly similar to those explored in modern physics.
And how does Scientific Feng Shui apply to buildings today?
Properly applied, Feng Shui can preserve and improve the well being of a building’s occupants in multiple areas of their lives. It can make sleep more restful, offices more focused and productive and scholastic or financial achievements easier and more plentiful. Consequently, relationships between spouses, within families and among coworkers often become healthier and more supportive. And, this can all be achieved within any architectural style, design theme and location in the world.
The results, although sometimes miraculous, are not miracles. Rather they are natural manifestations of a balanced and supportive environment. Using the principles of Scientific Feng Shui, the existing life-force energy of the environment can be positively channeled through the building, creating a holistically healthy environment in which to live and work.
Would you like to learn more about how you can use Scientific Feng Shui to increase health, abundance and happiness in your life? Join us at one of our events, or if you are really serious about knowing more for professional purposes, request a registration form for our Certificate Program in Advanced Feng Shui for Architecture, Interiors & Landscape, in person or online.
FENG SHUI FOR ARCHITECTURE PROPERTY CERTIFICATION SERVICE
We now offer a quality Feng Shui Property Certification upon request. The purpose of this certification service is to acknowledge the Feng Shui quality of a space or a project that we have consulted on, existing or under design, giving added value to the building for our client’s benefit as well as their tenants and buyers.
ARE YOU A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER OR INVESTOR WORKING WITH ASIAN CLIENTELE?
Feng Shui for Architecture provides American developers, architects, interior designers, building managers, real estate professional, design and construction professionals with opportunities to learn about Feng Shui practices and requirements to successfully serve your clients.
Our in-house Feng Shui Master Simona Mainini, Dr. Arch. is the go-to-person for educational presentations and resources on Feng Shui, which include first-hand knowledge and experience from working directly with the Chinese market and its Feng Shui requirements.
Our aim is to help build bridges between the two cultures to promote a beneficial alliance between real estate buyers/tenants needs and developers supply.
To have Dr. Mainini speak to your staff, association, or group, please email us and we will get back to you right away.
“I have been an entrepreneur for many years; consulting with Dr Mainini has been one of the very best decision I have made. Even though she is not Chinese, she does know a lot about the culture and is truly a master in Feng Shui.
Following her professional advice, I arranged my home furnishing and within a month, I close one of the largest transaction in my business. Besides high professionalism and excellent customer service, she is a very caring and passionate being- she is very passionate about her profession and very caring to her clients. I am very grateful to Dr Simona Mainini”
- C. Yang, entrepreneur, Santa Monica
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—G. & J. Y., Newport Beach, CA
“Dear Dr. Mainini… My family and I just moved into our new house. Given the great results we experienced after you consulted for us on our previous house, we decided to now have you consult for us once again on this new one. To be honest, we shopped around for other Feng Shui consultants too, but none of them worked out as successfully as you did for us in our previous house, so please, please, please come and work with us again in this new house.”
—S. & K. H., Burbank, CA
Simona F. Mainini, Dr. Arch., Feng Shui Master
FENG SHUI FOR ARCHITECTURE
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