Leila Kamal, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Chief Design & Strategy Officer
Over the course of two decades with EYP, Leila Kamal has developed and led diverse firm-wide initiatives, helping establish the firm’s reputation for Total Impact Design – design that advances mission and purpose to deliver enduring results. From directing large, complex design projects to creating the firm’s research program, her client-focused approach has earned her the trust of public and private institutions and organizations.
In her current role as CDSO, Leila provides executive leadership for marketing strategies, knowledge creation, and design quality to enhance brand differentiation and business growth. Working with the leadership and sector teams, she identifies and develops new EYP expertise – through strategic hires, talent development, and critical research partnerships – to support clients driving innovation in higher education, government, healthcare, and science & technology.
As an architect and advocate for knowledge-sharing, Leila champions the power of research-informed design innovation through presentations, editorials, and the application of research-based discoveries. Frequently sought out by clients, colleagues, and the media, her recent invited engagements include serving as a discussant at the Yale University School of Architecture symposium, Transforming the DNA of the Built Environment, and as a featured presenter for the American Association of College & University Presidents on “Leveraging Research to Transform STEM Teaching and Research Environments.” Leila’s work has also been featured in the Harvard Business Review and Building Design + Construction.