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Session 2A | 11:20 - 12:20 PM

Roberto de Leon, FAIA NCARB LEED AP Keynote

Keynote 3 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM


Roberto de Leon FAIA is a co-founder of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW), 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 presentation will focus on a selection of the firm’s recent range of work, specifically highlighting the design approaches & explorations unique to each project.


  1. Explore the potential of conventional building materials and construction systems
  2. Tap into the overlaps between economy and innovation
  3. Rethink the possibilities of working within historically sensitive contexts
  4.  Explore the use of conceptual precedents as a mode of investigation

Meet the Speaker

Roberto de Leon, FAIA NCARB LEED AP 

Roberto de Leon is a partner and co-founder of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW), a collaborative design studio focusing on public projects with a cultural, civic or not-for-profit basis. His work is recognized for its contextual sensitivity, innovation in material applications, and the holistic integration of sustainable strategies rooted in regional specificity. His research operates at a range of scales and environments - both urban & rural – while exploring relationships between local & global building traditions. Roberto holds a Master In Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts In Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

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