Leslie Forehand

Leslie Forehand

Nevada, IA, US

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I am a licensed architect, researcher, educator and designer with over ten years of experience collaborating with engineers, scientists, historians, artists and fashion designers in the classrooms and through research. I investigate the materiality of digital processes, computation and construction, advanced fabrication processes and visualization techniques through emerging tools, tackling design problems both in research and academia. I am a David Lingle Faculty Fellow and Lecturer of Architecture at Iowa State University. Previously, I taught and conducted research as the Designer of Information Visualization and 3D Modeling at the Center for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. I have lectured, exhibited, published and taught internationally. Among my recent award-winning projects is Mashrabiya 2.0 (with Doyle, Hunt and Senske) in computation, masonry design and construction, awarded by the International Masonry Institute (2018).



Iowa State University, Collage of Design, Ames, IA, US, Lecturer

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Architecture with a focus on computation, construction, and practice. Serve as the David Lingle Faculty Fellow in Architecture.

Aug 2015 - current

Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar, Doha, QA, Designer of Information Visualization and 3D Modeling

Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Interior Design, Fashion, and Digital Fabrication. Assisted in the development and creation of virtual and real-time visual models using appropriate computer visualization techniques, traditional rendering skills or other media as appropriate related to VCUQatar research, enterprise or academic-led projects. Developed new technologies related
to three-dimensional visualization and modified existing technologies to meet client needs. Worked closely with internal and external workshop fabrication, prototyping and presentation and production facilities. Provided technical insight to the campus and alumni as needed.

Sep 2012 - Dec 2014

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Fabrication Lab Assistant

Provided instruction and support to students in the use of fabrication technology

May 2011 - May 2012

Milo Kleinberg Design Associates (MKDA), New York, NY, US, Designer and IT Director

High-end Commercial Design - primary responsibilities included 3D modeling, coordination between interior designers and project architects, space programming and schematic design.

Jan 2007 - May 2010

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Healthcare Design - Worked under the project architect developing DD and CD sets for a series of local healthcare projects.

Jan 2006 - Dec 2006

LOT-EK, New York, NY, US, Intern

Conceptual Container Housing

Sep 2005 - Dec 2005


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

A computationally focused program investigating parametricism and fabrication.

Aug 2009 - May 2015

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Double Major in Studio Art with a focus in Sculpture.

Aug 2001 - May 2005


Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Design Award, 1st Place

Young Architect/Engineer Category


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