An Associate Principal and Senior Project Architect at Perkins+Will, Leigh works at the interface of urban design and architecture. She is the head of the firm’s Innovation Incubator microgrant program, the leader of the Los Angeles Office Social Responsibility Committee, and a member of the firm’s Resiliency and Water Task Forces. In 2010, Leigh was named as one of Building Design + Construction’s “40 under 40” honorees. Her recent work on the Urban Agriculture Green Infrastructure Plan for an underutilized industrial area of Los Angeles is leading to the creation of a healthy, sustainable Los Angeles River neighborhood through the lens of urban agriculture.
Leigh grew up in the rust belt, outside of Akron, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Based in Los Angeles since 2000, Leigh has also practiced in Rockland, Maine; San Francisco, California; and New York, New York. She was an adjunct faculty member at Woodbury University from 2008 – 2014, and continues to sit on multi-disciplinary design juries throughout California. Using both research and project work as a basis, Leigh frequently publishes articles and presents on issues dealing with social and environmental sustainability at all scales.