Louisa Van Leer Architecture is a Los Angeles based design practice with a range of project types spanning historic rehabs, residential additions, new structures and public art installations. In our design work we aim to achieve everyday functionality infused with a sense of grace and play. We believe in a humanizing approach to scale and use of materials. We arrive at design alternatives that really solve problems. We tend to do a lot of listening. We are interested in history and working with existing architectural fabric. We aim to make all things, even asphalt, beautiful.


Louisa Van Leer grew up in Miami, then shot to each corner of the country and landed in the lower left pocket of Los Angeles. She went to art and architecture school at Rhode Island School of Design where she received her BFA and B Arch then went on to get an MFA at California Institute of the Arts with a Fellowship from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is a LEED AP Accredited Design Professional and licensed to practice architecture in California. She and her family live in Highland Park / Northeast Los Angeles.


2019    Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award (Garvanza Houses)
2018    Highland Park Heritage Trust Community Preservations Award (Garvanza Houses)
2008    C.A.S.H. / AIA CC Award, Excellence in School Design, Filipino Education Center (Plum Architects)
2008    AIA National Honor Award, UC Berkeley Residence Halls Units I + II (EHDD)
2006    AIA California Council, Honor Award, UC Berkeley Residence Halls Units I + II (EHDD)
2006    AIA San Francisco, Citation Award, UC Berkeley Residence Halls Units I + II (EHDD)
1999    Editorial, “Bombay Flagship Store,” VM&SD Magazine. (McCall Design Group)
1996    AIA Florida Award for Excellence, Homestead Motorsports Complex. (B&A)


2011    ongoing Board Member, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Los Angeles, CA