Leah grew up in Charleston, South Carolina by the beach where there is an abundance of fresh seafood and rich history. She was inspired by the historical and beach-side architecture, which led to her having a passion for design from an early age on. Leah knew she wanted to end up in the mountains eventually and after high school, she decided to make the move across the country to attend college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. There she majored in Environmental Design with a focus in Architecture. Leah also spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy where she had the opportunity to sketch and study architecture – from the Roman Empire to modern Italian.
After college, she worked with a local firm specializing in education and then decided to pursue her Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver. She was a part of their design-build program, Colorado Building Workshop, where she had the opportunity to work with Rocky Mountain National Park to design and construct backcountry privies along the Long’s Peak Trail at three different sites. This rigorous, yet rewarding experience involved Leah and her team hiking to and building at their site, which was at a 13,000-foot elevation. The privies have won several national awards to date!
Shortly after graduation from the M.Arch program at CU Denver, Leah started at Davis Partnership Architects in May of 2019 and joined the Higher Education/Sports and Recreation team where she is furthering her path to become a licensed architect.