Roberto de Leon

de leon & primmer architecture workshop
Emerging Voices 2011

Recorded: March 16, 2011

Principals Roberto de Leon and M. Ross Primmer established de leon & primmer architecture workshop in 2003 as a design studio focusing on “cultural and civic environments.” In this excerpt from their lecture, they discuss Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Visitor Center, Crestwood, KY; Urban Barn, Louisville, KY; and Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility in Goshen, KY.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the studio uses “the contextual specificity of [the] region as an open-ended opportunity for research and investigation.” This localized approach to design has lead the studio to explore traditions of craft and fabrication, ordinary materials, and passive strategies of sustainability focused on a sensitivity to site and climate rather than specialized technological systems. Recent and ongoing projects include the Filson Historical Society Expansion & Campus Master Plan in Louisville; Big Bone Lick State Park Nature Center; Riverview Park and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens both in Crestwood, KY; Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility in Goshen, KY; and United Mail Corporate Headquarters in Louisville. Architectural Record named the firm to its Design Vanguard in 2010. de leon & primmer architecture workshop is the recipient of numerous AIA Kentucky Honor and Merit awards.

Roberto de Leon received his Bachelor of Art in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. M. Ross Primmer received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Kent State University and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University.