Categories: Alumni, Speakers
Roberto de Leon, FAIA, will give the next lecture in our series, titled Work/Process
Start: February 17, 2020 4 p.m.
End: February 17, 2020 5 p.m.
Location: Architecture Building, Room 100


De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a collaborative design studio recognized for work that draws inspiration from regional traditions of craft, fabrication and building, placing an emphasis on the potential of conventional materials and construction methods. Through an immersive process of research & investigation, the studio cultivates an understanding of contextual specificity as a thoughtful relationship between place, time and local culture. In implementing this approach, DPAW purposefully embraces a rigor of simplicity and precision, with the underlying premise that innovation necessarily equals economy.

This lecture will focus on a selection of the firm’s current range of work, specifically highlighting the design approaches & explorations unique to each project, as well as offer an insight into DPAW’s studio culture.


  1. Explore the potential of conventional building materials and construction systems
  2. Tap into the relationships between economy, creativity and innovation
  3. Work within historically sensitive contexts and communities
  4. Implement an integrated & inclusive collaborative design process



Roberto de Leon, FAIA, is a co-founder of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW). The studio was chosen for the 2010 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record and the 2011 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York, each honor ‘recognizing design firms or individuals with a distinct design voice that has the potential to influence the discipline of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design’. Through DPAW, Roberto’s work has been published in numerous design magazines and books nationally and abroad, and his work has been exhibited at venues including the 2012 & 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial, the 2011 Beijing International Design Triennial, and WOOD 2010 in Smaland, Sweden.

Roberto holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2012, he was commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky to The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the State of Kentucky. In 2016, Roberto was elevated to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.

Approved for 1 CEU by both AIA and LA CES.

Robert de Leon  |  Monday, February 17 | 4:00 pm |Architecture Building, Rm 100, THE FILSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY CAMPUS EXPANSION & RENOVATION, Louisville, KY

AIA and LA CES approved for 1 CEU