Leigh Christy (AIA, LEED® AP BD+C) is a Senior Associate at the design firm of Perkins+Will where she is one of the heads of the Innovation Incubator micro-grant program, a member of the Green Team, and the leader of the Los Angeles Office’s Social Responsibility Committee, the entity responsible for identifying non-profit clients for which the firm provides pro-bono design services. She was recently named as one of Building Design + Construction’s 2010 “40 under 40” honorees.
Leigh is also an adjunct faculty member of Woodbury University in the Interior Architecture Department and recently acted as guest juror for graduate thesis reviews at UC Berkeley. A contributor to Architecture Week, she focuses her written articles on design, sustainability and urban issues in the Los Angeles region and beyond. Leigh received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors from the University of Michigan in 1996 and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000.
Leigh’s project work has been honored with many national and regional design awards and has been featured in numerous publications, including Architecture, Architectural Record, World Architecture News, the Los Angeles Times, Interior Design and Contract Design. Most recently, Leigh spearheaded a collaborative pro-bono effort entitled “The Piggyback Yard” for the Friends of the Los Angeles River. She is currently working on the adaptive reuse of the historic Lincoln Heights Jail and the tactical transformation of the old LAPD Rampart Station into a new home of the LAPD Metropolitan Division. Her work has led to numerous speaking engagements, including the inaugural 2011 Woodbury Advancing Sustainability Symposium.
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After a highly successful Advancing Sustainability: Business + Design Symposium in October of 2011, students from Woodbury University have gathered once again in order to prepare their second annual event. The topic of this year focuses on the "cardiovascular system" of a city—its infrastructure. The discussion will investigate how various infrastructures—perform, exchange, and are incorporated into the natural environment.