Ana Leshinsky AIA LEED AP BD+C
Since joining Kohn Pedersen Fox in 2008, Ana has worked on a multitude of projects and program types, spanning from academic and residential to large-scale mixed-use developments, supertall towers, and master plans. Ana’s experience living and studying in various countries sharpened her sensitivity to historic and cultural influences, encouraging her to focus on urban and cultural context and the scale of the human experience in urban locales. She is dedicated to creating designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also driven by local context, innovation, sustainability and performance. This approach has been instrumental in her successful work with local and international clients across the United States, the Middle East, and Asia.
Ana is the senior designer on the new 1,500,000 square foot mixed-use Azrieli Center project in the heart of Tel Aviv. The new Azrieli Spiral Tower will be the fourth building in the complex, complementing the existing iconic center and transforming the entire complex into a holistic urban experience. It will introduce a vibrant mix of uses to the city’s flourishing business district, expand the transportation hub, and enhance the pedestrian experience. Upon completion, the 340-meter spiraling tower will become the tallest in Israel and define the skyline with its unique, aspirational form.
Previously at KPF, Ana played a key role in the design and documentation of a 170,000 square foot building for 433 First Avenue, the NYU College of Nursing, Dentistry and Bioengineering. Located in a dense, urban setting, the project houses three distinct, cutting-edge institutes within a single, connected, vertical campus. The design encourages collaboration between both students and disciplines, while also supporting the University’s initiative to promote physical activity and health.
Additional projects include the 140,000 square foot, award winning, LEED Gold McCord Hall at the W. P. Carey School of Business in Arizona, where a monumental, four-story gateway features two distinct wings framing an outdoor plaza that creates a welcoming public space for the graduate student community. In New York, Ana worked as a designer on 111 Murray, an elegant, 480,000 square foot luxury residential tower in Tribeca. In Shanghai, she contributed to the design of a 4,300,560 square foot Taipingqiao master plan and tower, as well as Greenland Bund Centre, an award-winning, mixed-use 7,500,000 square foot master plan development. As the new centerpiece of Shanghai’s West Bund district, Greenland Bund Centre merges diverse programs while preserving the human scale of its traditional urban vernacular.
Ana began her education at the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel. After receiving a full scholarship, she completed her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees with concentration in Ecology and Urbanism at Cornell University. She is a recipient of the Eidlitz Traveling Fellowship and holds various awards in the fields of design, photography and architecture. Among other initiatives, she participated in the BWAF Emerging Leaders program. She has been invited to teach studios and participate in numerous design reviews throughout the years. She is an active member of the design community in New York City and a mentor to the next generation of creative professionals.