Leah Kahler

Designer

Leah’s work as a landscape designer is motivated by a passion for justice-oriented storytelling, in, of, and through landscape. 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 edited UVA’s design journal, LUNCH. Leah was named a 2021 National Olmsted Scholar finalist and awarded the ASLA Certificate of Merit. She is also the recipient of the 2021 LAF Honor Scholarship in memory of Joe Lalli, FASLA. Leah’s thesis research explores the possibilities of an abolition ecology through speculative fiction at the site currently known as Louisiana State Penitentiary or Angola Farm. Following a 2020 summer internship at RH, she is currently working on the Eugenia Williams House, the Vassar College Farm and Preserve, and residential projects across New England.