Vice President of Design & Expertise

Leila is responsible for visioning and implementing EYP’s expertise-driven design philosophy through the development and integration of intellectual content into smart, sustainable design. To inform design innovation, she also guides the firm’s strategic research program, whose major initiatives currently range from building science to understanding how the built environment impacts the human experience.

Leila has played an active role in the planning, programming, and design of classrooms, student interactions spaces, and innovative learning environments at numerous colleges and universities. Her most recent clients include MIT, Emory University, Wheaton College, Keene State College, and the University of Michigan.


Assessment of the Impact of the Taylor Science Center at Hamilton College

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano

Taylor Science Center exterior

We designed the Taylor Science Center to meet several strategic goals - ten years after its opening, we returned to the Clinton, New York campus to analyze the impact of our design.

Design Impact: Rethinking the STEM Building

by Leila Kamal

Hamilton taylor center

The most successful colleges and universities we know with new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) buildings have not merely built new buildings, they have rethought them from the ground up. These institutions have radically redesigned them — either building entirely new structures or dramatically renovating existing ones — in ways that have improved professors’ teaching and students’ learning processes. The impacts, which EYP has tracked during the last 10 years and chronicled in our formal research studies, have been eye-opening in four dimensions: student enrollment and retention; faculty recruitment; learning experience; research and collaboration opportunities.

How Colleges & Universities Invigorate Campuses Through A New Genre of STEM Buildings

by Leila Kamal, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano, Charles Kirby

Trinity's Garage Doors

Amidst research and reports showing that a third of U.S. post-secondary institutions are struggling financially, many of them see a highly competitive STEM program as a key to their future success and survival.

Living-Learning Research Report: Michigan State University

by Leila Kamal, John Baxter, Sara Stein, Paul King

We systematically investigate the impact of the spatial environment itself on student engagement, perceived experience, and sense of community. Our investigations at Michigan State University build on our living-learning research at the University of Michigan to provide evidence to how the architectural design of college residence halls impacts student engagement and development.

Living-Learning Research Report: University of Michigan

by Leila Kamal, John Baxter, Sara Stein, Paul King

University of Michigan North Quad

As American colleges and universities increasingly recognize the value of educating the “whole student,” the effect of campus residential life on various student outcomes – campus engagement, peer interactions, etc. – has been the subject of ongoing study. EYP is one of the first to systematically investigate the impact of the spatial environment itself on student development, attitudes, and outcomes. Our Living-Learning research findings offer colleges and universities, as well as architects and builders, key insights into how space types and usage impact student learning and development, so that they can maximize resources to enhance student experience.

Assessment of the College of the Holy Cross Integrated Science Complex II: Analysis of Administrative Data

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Integrated Science Complex exterior

To further assess the impact of the new Integrated Science Complex (ISC) at the College of the Holy Cross, EYP analyzed trend data from several administrative offices.

Assessing How Living-Learning Environments Within Residence Halls Facilitate Student Learning

by Sara Stein, Leila Kamal, John Baxter, Paul King

North Quad Student Space

The purpose of this study is to assess how key spaces in residence halls (i.e., living-learning spaces vs. traditional residence halls) create environments that are conducive to student learning.

Wheaton College, Mars Center for Science and Technology: Post-Occupancy Evaluation Surveys

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano, Kip Ellis, Charles Kirby

Mars Center for Science and Technology exterior

EYP conducted two post-occupancy surveys, one of faculty and theother of students, in spring 2013. Based on survey responses, the new Mars Center has succeeded in accomplishing several goals.

Assessment of Trinity University STEM Buildings: Pre-Occupancy Evaluation Surveys

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis

Trinity Center for the Sciences & Innovation exterior

We assessed existing STEM buildings on the Trinity campus in comparison to an EYP-designed facility. 

Plan to Evaluate the Impact of STEM Buildings on College and University Campuses, Volume 1: Dimensions of Assessment

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Integrated Science Center exterior

Our mission is to design buildings that improve the quality of science education. To go beyond anecdotal evidence that it is fulfilling this mission, we aim to develop a plan to systematically evaluate its designs.

Evaluating the Impact of STEM Buildings on College and University Campuses, Volume 2: Pilot Assessment - College of the Holy Cross

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

College of the Holy Cross Exterior

This report analyzes the research results of the pilot assessment conducted at the College of the Holy Cross.

Representative Projects

Open-plan workplace

EYP Architecture & Engineering

EYP Boston Office


Our studios are design labs for workplace strategies and new materials.

detail of campus master plan illustration

Harvard University

Strategic Plan for House Renewal

Student Life

We laid the groundwork for the 10-year, $1B renovation of 2M SF of historic buildings.