JENNIFER_LAMAR_LEYVA

 EMAIL: jen@fieldingintl.com

“Jen believes that allowing the stakeholders from the community to be apart of the team-based design process, ensures positive outcomes and changes for pres­ent and future generations.”

JENNIFER LEYVA

Senior Designer: Interiors

Jennifer brings more than 15 years of experience designing and planning educational interiors for schools around the world. As a Designer and Educational Planner, Jennifer’s role at Fielding International allows her to actively participate in all phases of the design process, including facilitating design and planning workshops, developing Discovery Workbooks and planning materials for clients, producing Interior Design Workbook guides, space planning and programming, and creating 3D renderings and hand sketches for schematic designs.

Her talents and passion for creating healthy and engaging learning environments are exemplified in some of Fielding’s most notable designs, including Col.legi Montserrat in Barcelona, Spain; the Academy of Holy Names in Tampa, Florida; and, at the International School of Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Working closely with Fielding’s Design Architects, our in-house Educators, students and teachers, Jennifer ensures that school interiors function as 21st century educational spaces, allowing for maximum flexibility and variety with furniture selections, and that they are aesthetically inspiring with interior details, lighting, finishes and color selections. Her goal is to help ensure schools provide a safe place for students to be uninhibited creatively, academically, and inspired for a lifetime of learning.

Jennifer also serves as a Senior Researcher for an innovative research project: Task Furniture for Education (TFE). TFE has involved top designers, furniture manufacturers and ergonomic experts from around the world to develop guidelines for educational furniture that responds to the recent trends in technology, flexibility, and collaboration in today’s schools.

Jennifer’s experience includes innovative designs for a wide variety of educational communities in the United States and around the globe, including: International School of Brussels, Belgium; International School of Vietnam; Sinarmas World Academy in Indonesia; Medford Schools, Medford, Oregon; Herchmer Wascana and Arcola Community Schools in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; North Central Shared Facility and Regina Skills and Trade Center in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; LAS Almaty in Kazakhstan; Leysin American School in Switzerland; American Community School of Abu Dhabi; and, Georgetown Primary in the Cayman Islands. Most recently, she served as a Project Manager for schematic designs for P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Florida, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Design and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.

She received her Master of Interior Design degree from the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Theater from Skidmore College where she studied in London with the prestigious Shakespeare Program participating in acting workshops with masters from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her studies cumulated in a thesis titled “Investing action research as a planning and designing approach: A post- occupancy evaluation of University of Florida College of Law’s Legal Information Center.” She strongly encourages the collaborative process of design by use of action research methodologies; believes allowing stakeholders from the community to be a part of the team-based design process ensures positive outcomes and changes for present and future generations; and, that ideas that emerge from involving teachers, parents, administrators, and students lead to creating inspirational learning environments that the community is able to truly take ownership of.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys outdoor kayaking and camping adventures with her three children and husband. Jennifer and her family also share a love for animals, they have two bunnies, a cat and dog.