Leanna has been with von Weise Associates since 2015, following graduation from Virginia Tech’s high-ranking architecture program where she was a finalist for the Pella Prize Thesis Award. In 2016, she received a certificate in Public Interest Design from Chicago’s renewed Archeworks program. Leanna is also the teaching assistant for Virginia Tech’s very well-received Chicago Studio Program led by Chip von Weise.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, School of Architecture & Design
Bachelor of Architecture, 2015
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Teaching Assistant Chicago Studio
Fall 2016 - present
Her thesis work focused on scenographic architecture and spatial inhabitation, studied through literature, poetry, and drawings. Most of her personal and academic work relies heavily on hand-drawing as a process for thinking, and she is interested in the connection between traditional and digital media. She enjoys sketching, reading, travel, and working with students.