Leah Kahler

Designer

Leah’s work as a landscape designer is motivated by a passion for justice-oriented storytelling, in, of, and through landscape, especially in rapidly shifting ecologies like her home region of the Gulf South. She graduated with a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, following her undergraduate studies in anthropology and the growth and structure of cities at Bryn Mawr College. Leah has interned at studios around the country and previously worked as a designer at Voith & Mactavish Architects. At UVA, she coordinated public talks for ManifestA, a student collective for equity in the built environment and served on the editorial board for UVA’s design journal, LUNCH. Leah was named a 2021 National Olmsted Scholar finalist and awarded the ASLA Certificate of Merit. Her thesis research, enacted as a Benjamin C. Howland Fellow, explores the possibilities of an abolition ecology through speculative fiction at the site currently known as Louisiana State Penitentiary or Angola Farm. At RH, she is currently working on the Alamo Plaza Interpretive Master Plan and other projects across the Southeast.