Laura Lesniewski

Principal, BNIM

Laura Lesniewski

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Laura is a principal with BNIM with 20 years of experience in architecture. She combines a rare blend of attributes that lends a spirit of collaboration and stewardship to her work as an architect, and is dedicated to pursuing the highest levels of sustainability to build thriving communities. She led the design team efforts on the MDC Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, which features the first Living Machine™ in the state, and was project manager for the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, the first state office building to meet LEED Platinum. Laura was project leader on the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (first LEED Platinum and Living Building certified) and contributed to the REGEN tool, created with the USGBC in its explorations on the next generation of sustainability. Her recent projects include a zero carbon community redevelopment in Montreal, Quebec and a zero carbon rural development in upstate New York.

Laura has also been engaged with several disaster recovery efforts as part of the BNIM planning team, including efforts in Greensburg (KS), Tuscaloosa (AL), and Springfield (MA). Laura has become a recognized resource for emerging technologies and philosophies in the design and construction industry. She has spoken locally and nationally on explorations in regenerative design, building information modeling and lean thinking. She is a graduate of MIT and U.C. Berkeley, and has guest lectured at regional universities. Laura co-authored FLOW: In Pursuit of a Living Building with Bob Berkebile and Steve McDowell.