Leah Alissa Bayer
"I find peace in a black sky and the unknown, I find inspiration in the belief that anything is possible, & I find comfort knowing everything is connected."
Early on in professional practice, Leah identified a systemic discord between dated architectural practice and construction methods and the quickly evolving demands of modern living. This observation paired with her curiosity, forward-focus, and passion for improving quality of life inspires her to to push the limits of the AEC industry, challenge conventions, and, ultimately, transform the environments that enable us to live, work, play, and connect with one another in the 21st century.
Leah's big-picture visioning and integrated, R&D-style approach to architecture stems from her multi-discipline background. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Fine Arts from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and, prior to architecture, Leah studied structural engineering for four years. Her architectural thesis, MECHA:spore, afforded her the opportunity to investigate truly interdisciplinary practice, weaving speculative design with aerospace engineering, materials science, anthropology, and more.
Managing business in diverse industries for over a decade, Leah's strengths lie in identifying large-scale needs, generating limitless ideas, defining solutions, and building and supporting the right team to successfully deliver great design. By blending boundaries between disciplines, working fluidly to create collaborative solutions, Leah facilitates the entire process, from contract through design and construction documents to construction administration and project close out. Her ability to absorb, process, and clearly communicate critical information ensures beautiful, sustainable, functional results.
- CA Licensed Architect [#C36590]
- B.Arch, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
- AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
- Certified Building Performance Analyst
- WIA PR Director, Webmaster
revit, sketchup, design, autocad, photoshop, indesign, illustrator, microsoft project, office, css, html, web design, 3d modeling, visualization, rendering, research, freehand, sketching, watercolor, oils, painting, detailing, photography, biomimetics, speculative design, systems design, estimating, scheduling, collaboration, synthesis, sustainability, leed, writing, entitlements, permitting, submittals, management, contracts, construction drawings
collaborative, transparent, communicator, logical, discrete, honest, gentle listener, aggressive decision maker, executor, social introvert but professional extrovert, champion of forethought, decisive leader, organized, process-oriented, multi-disciplinary, flexible, curious, ambitious, motivated, persistent
space, light, cyclical processes, bionomics, environmental regeneration, wellness, community, inspiration, podcasts, interviews, puzzles, scale, patterns, physics, biology, philosophy, experimentation,
reading, volunteering, hiking, running, gardening, traveling, painting, listening, exploring, learning, wine, cheese, family, friends, piano, violin, rain, water, forests, flora, fauna, life, love
ARE 5.0: Why I Transitioned and You Should, Too - NCARB, 01/09/2017
What is the Biggest Building on Earth? - Mental Floss, 08/01/2016
The Single Worst Mistake You Can Make on Your First Day at a New Job - Inc, 07/14/2016
Why Women Architects Are Hitting An Artfully Designed Glass Ceiling - Forbes, 06/15/2016
Exploring The Mind-Blowing Realm Of Digital Architecture - Forbes, 06/03/2016