Leonardo Leiva Rivera
Leonardo Leiva Rivera
Master of Architecture, 2018
Lighting Design Post Professional, 2015
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) + Arquine
BS Interiors & Fashion, 2009
Liberty University & Sagrado Corazon
International Association of Lighting Designers IALD
Leonardo grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, going to school in a national cloud forest for fourteen years. Growing up around academic life and accompanying his family on fieldwork trips developed his connection to natural and developing environment and his sensibility for social programs and design implementation.
His design work experience prior to studying architecture includes cultural institutions with significant cultural and architectural assets. In North America, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, Office of Design and Production; the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store Soho; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s Abu Dhabi Project (as well as supporting exhibition staff in the Guggenheim Museum on specific exhibitions). In New York, he also worked as junior designer with architect Deger Cengiz – helping develop all aspects of furniture production and marketing, as well as interior design and theater set projects. In Latin America he has developed educational projects and workshops for the Honduran National Institute of Anthropology and History, and in Mexico he served as Subdirector of La Tallera (Proyecto Siqueiros) for the Mexican Institute of Arts.
During his M.Arch studies in New Orleans he worked as an Intern at Trapolin-Peer Architects on residential, retail, and commercial projects, the architectural conservation project ConserveBuiltWorld as a graduate research fellow, and later on with Perkins+Will Houston’s Science and Technology team.
His experience with collaborative, multidisciplinary, and team work is an asset he continues to cultivate in order to create enjoyable and productive work scenarios, products, and experiences. At Marlon Blackwell Architects he is motivated by the firm’s pursuit of the architectural event and its manifestation in any context and situation.