Perkins+Will has announced the addition of Martin Leitner, AIA, to lead the firm’s Cities + Sites practice. Leitner will expand Perkins+Will’s reputation as a leader in designing spaces that reimagine and reinvigorate the built environment by envisioning and creating more sustainable, walkable, and livable communities.
“At Perkins+Will we believe in the importance of harnessing architecture to create great places in which people truly enjoy living, working, and playing, which is why we’re so thrilled to welcome Martin on-board” said Eric Aukee, Principle and Managing Director of Perkins+Will Los Angeles. “Martin brings decades worth of experience in urban design and an understanding for the important impact it can have in shaping public places, and we are confident that Martin’s skilled guidance will deliver results for both our public and private sector clients that will shape built environments for generations to come.”
Leitner is a recognized leader in urban design, with a track record of designing complex urban infill projects and creatively re-envisioning large suburban sites. Leitner’s innovative design projects focus on shaping the fabric of urban and built environments for public and private clients. His portfolio spans the spectrum of project types and scales that make the cities we live in, from individual buildings to public streets and large, complex, mixed-use urban development projects and master plans.
“As an architect working in urban design, it’s critical to look at cities as the product of intense collaboration and communication to understand client and community needs and respond in thoughtful and creative ways,” said Leitner. “I look forward to working closely with both Perkins+Will’s private and public clients to not only design and build top-quality projects, but to create a real sense of place in the neighborhoods, towns, and cities in which we work.”
Leitner joins Perkins+Will from Torti Gallas + Partners, where he was most recently a Senior Associate. Leitner holds a master’s degree in architecture from Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany and studied Economics at University College London. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Urban Design Committee for the American Institute of Architecture—Los Angeles Chapter and as a Board Member for the Urban Index Institute.