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.


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.

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

Trinity Center for the Sciences & Innovation exterior

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

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. More

College of the Holy Cross Exterior

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

Representative Projects

Open-plan workplace

EYP Boston Office

EYP Architecture & Engineering


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

detail of campus master plan illustration

Strategic Plan for House Renewal

Harvard University

Student Life

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