Kyna Leski, professor and head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, will deliver a lecture to kick off this year's Laskey Sophomore Design Challenge, sponsored by Studio L. During this intensive, weekend-long collaborative session, all current sophomore art and architecture students will work in teams to brainstorm ideas for a given design challenge.
Leski is the author of the first-semester architecture design curriculum, given for seventeen years to more than 1,600 students. A book on this pedagogy, The Making of Design Principles, was published in 2007. Leski has taught Architecture, Foundation Studies, and Industrial Design and served as the head of the RISD European Honors Program in Rome from 1993-1995. She bases her pedagogy on the workings of the creative process, the subject of a book that she currently is writing called Navigating the Creative Process.
Leski also has been a principal of 3SIXØ Architecture since its founding in 1997. 3SIXØ bases its practice upon a rigorous redefinition of a given problem, setting in play the direction and momentum of a solution that is tailored to the specific situation of each project. The Rhode Island AIA has given 3SIXØ its top honors 14 times, and the Boston Society of Architects has awarded 3SIXØ four times. In 2002, Architectural Record named 3SIXØ one of ten "vanguard" architecture firms emerging worldwide, and in 2008, it recognized 3SIXØ for "Record Interiors" for its work on Stix Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay. Faith & Form awarded the firm a merit award for Religious Architecture New Facilities for its design of the chapel addition for Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church in Hope, RI, in 2009.
Leski's project, "Dream House," won the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1998 and was published in Modern House 2 by Claire Melhuish (Phaidon Press, 2004). In 1997, the Architectural League of New York selected Leski as a winner of its annual "Young Architects Competition." She earned a BArch from The Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1985 and an MArch from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in 1988.