Principal & Co-Founder

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A passionate and successful advocate for urban life, Lesley has found in her native Seattle a fertile laboratory to influence new models of urban life and provide the kind of leadership that is increasingly needed from the architecture community. The palette of opportunity runs from working with communities to transformation of the small nooks of neighborhoods and alleys to working with city and state agencies on bold moves of new urban infrastructure. Her work includes award-winning mixed-use architecture that breathes life into the edges of the public realm, and brings the activities of street life into and through their site. She has written policies, guidelines and master plans that put the public realm at the heart of design. Lesley founded Framework Cultural Placemaking with Jenny Kempson in November 2013. Previously, she was a Principal at Weinstein A|U Architects and Urban Designers. She was an Associate at Cecil & Rizvi in Boston, and an Associate at Adele Naude Santos Architects in Philadelphia.

She was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2013. She is LEED accredited and a member of the American Planning Association.

University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture
Yale University, Bachelor of Arts; Urban planning major
Ecole des Beaux Arts Americannes, Fontainebleu

Living Streets: Strategies for Crafting Public Spaces, Wiley & Sons, 2012, lead author
CityTank, Ideas for the City, Unearthing Neighborhood Assets, March 2011
AIA Forum, Fall 2010, author, Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?
“Interbay: A New View(point).” ARCADE, 23.2