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Leah Alissa Bayer

Founder + Studio Director | EVIA

San Francisco, CA, United States

"Evolving Integrated Architecture"

Generally thinking:

Technology & The Future
Sustainability & Environment
Creativity & Design
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:

ArchitectureArtBrand StrategyBusiness DevelopmentCommunityCultureDigital MediaEducationEntrepreneurshipEnvironmentHealthInterior DesignScienceMarketingPublishingSocial ChangeStrategy GeneralSustainabilityTechnologyWriting

Very good at:
+ Pattern recognition and interdisciplinary orchestration
+ Visual communication with emotional impact
+ Building teams to care for the future

About me & my work:

Early in my career, I noticed a systemic discord between dated architecture and construction practices and the quickly evolving demands of modern living. This observation, paired with a healthy dose of curiosity, forward-focus, and passion for improving quality of life, inspires me to to push the limits of the architecture profession by challenging conventions and transforming the businesses and environments that enable us to live, work, play, and connect with one another today and far into the future.

My big-picture visioning and integrated, R&D-style approach to architecture stems from a multi-discipline background. In 2014 I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), a Minor in Fine Arts, and four years of Structural Engineering (B.S.) from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. My thesis, MECHA:spore, was the culmination of intense interdisciplinary studies, weaving speculative design with aerospace engineering, materials science, anthropology, creative writing, and more, and set the stage for the type of multi-discipline professional work I set out to deliver as a licensed architect. For over a decade, I have managed and led businesses to great success in diverse industries including retail, healthcare, and design, giving me the foundation and rounded perspective to become a young entrepreneur in architecture.

In 2018, I founded EVIA Studio, a research-based architecture and consulting firm in Silicon Valley dedicated to designing beautiful, cutting-edge, resilient housing that tells rich stories about its people, place, and time. Before starting my own company, I worked for world-renown architectural firms such as Perkins+Will in San Francisco, where I practiced highly technical, industry-leading design and management of workplace, campus planning, multi-family housing, and high-end custom residential architecture. I also volunteer to improve the profession in other ways - most recently as the Communications Director for the Women In Architecture of AIA Silicon Valley, Founding Co-Chair of the Architectural Intelligence Conference, Equity In Practice charge leader for the NCARB Think Tank, and an NCARB Experience Committee Member.

My links:

Portfolio | Portfolio of work (academic, personal, and professional) and writing.

EVIA | EVIA Studio is a research-based architecture and consulting firm in Silicon Valley specializing in contextual, story-rich, future-minded custom residences and mixed-use developments. We are dedicated to designing beautiful, cutting-edge, and resilient housing for the West Coast, with local offices in the Bay Area, California and Bellingham, Washington.


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