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About Aaron Leppanen : Aaron Leppanen can be considered a true representative of the creative industries. He is a designer, architect and an entrepreneur, and his work has been realised as museums, high-rises and custom made homes. With experience stretching not only countries, but continents, he has become a pioneer, and has developed a knack for using local materials, know-how and labour to innovate both in design and in process. One of his areas of focus is to create forms with parametric parameters and applying it to local construction settings, thereby turning limitations into strengths and opportunities. The creation of icons through form has, in particular, been a recurring aspect of Aaron’s work. His designs achieve the best of both worlds: he creatively challenges conventionality, while still achieving efficient functionality.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Design is the constant exploration and evolution of what we create, how we imagine it and the challenges of making it tangible.

ORGANIZATION:
Leppanen Anker Arquitectura

EDUCATION:
2001 Bachelor in Science, University of Michigan, Ann Harbor MI
2006 Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles CA

EXPERIENCE:
Belzberg Architects_ Santa Monica, CA_ 2006-2011
Greg Lynn Form_ Venice, CA_ 2006/2007
Naga Studio_ Dubai, UAE_2006
PATTERNS (Marcelo Spina)_ Los Angeles_2007
McIntosh Poris Assoc._ Detroit, MI_2004

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
Portfolio Exhibition / Studio work exhibition at LAB US | Quito-Ecuador | 2017

EVENTS:
“2019 CTBUH TALL + URBAN INNOVATION CONFERENCE”_ Shenzhen, China_ April 2019
• Received Award of Excellence
“2018 CTBUH TALL + URBAN INNOVATION CONFERENCE”_ Radisson Blu Aqua Building_ Chicago_ May 2018
• Case Study: Mixed Use Design For A Dynamic City
• Case Study focuses on the urban advantages the GAIA Building has generated in Quito,
becoming one of the capital ́s landmarks.
“LATIN AMERICA MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT”_ ATRIO Building_ Bogotá, Colombia_ April 2018
• 120 executives including architects, local and international stakeholders,
CoPe: Coastlines & People - Michigan / Conference and Workshop | December 06- 2019

AWARDS:
BUILD MAGAZINE / 2020_ Ganadores: Leaders in Facade Engineering in Ecuador
CTBUH Façade Engineering Award / 2019_ Finalista_ GAIA
APDC*IDA Design Excellence Award / 2018 | Integrated Building Mixed
Use_ GAIA
CTBUH Tall Buildings Awards / 2018_ Finalista_ GAIA
GERMAN DESIGN AWARD_ Ganador: Excellent Communication Design-Architec- ture Category_ GAIA / 2018
AMERICAS PROPERTY AWARDS_ Ganador: Residential High-Rise Architecture _ ONE / 2017 2018
ARCHDAILY’S BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARDS_ Finalista_ GAIA / 2018 PLATAFORMA ARQUITECTURA BUILDING OF THE YEAR_Nominacion_
GAIA / 2018
WAN AWARDS 17_ Finalista_ GAIA / 2017
ICONIC AWARDS_ Ganador: Arquitectura_ GAIA / 2017
A’ DESIGN AWARD_ Medalla de oro: Architecture, Building & Structure_ GAIA / 2017 ARCHITIZER A+ AWARD_ Mencion de honor_ GAIA / 2017
BAQ 2016_ Contestant: Categoría Diseño Arquitectónico concursante_ GAIA / 2016 IKIAM_ Plan maestro de la Universidad_ Ganadores competicion nacional / 2013

PRESS APPEARANCES:
Mare Nostrum in Architectural Digest Latin America pg 60- N5. / Marzo - Abril - Mayo - 2020
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST MX_ “Diseñadores ecuatorianos alzan la funcionalidad arquitectónica”_ Web publication _ September 2018
Mare Nostrum on Revista Trama 2019 / issue 153- Revista Trama, arquitectura+diseño- pg 68-71
Aulario Liceo Campoverde on Revista Trama 2018 / issue 149- Revista Trama, arquitectura+diseño- pg 68-71
Studio featured on Trama's architectural dossier / number six | 2018 | pg 7
ONE in Trama's architectural dossier / number six | 2018 | pg 48- 53
Studio Profile in Vistazo Magazine / October 2018
Lab US on El Comercio , El Telégrafo y Ecuador Universitario / 2018
ONE Published in Architect Magazine and Skyscraper City / 2018
GAIA in A'Design Award & Competition / Winner Designs 2016-2017
GAIA on designboom, e-architect, Architect Magazine among others / 2016 | 2017
Gerardo Anker Library on ArchDaily , Architectism and Vitruvious / 2014 | 2016

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
Temporary Reactivation of Urban Spaces / Talk | Quito-Ecuador | 2018
Web Article - Innovate for Evolution by revista colación 1/24/2020“LATIN ARCHITECTURE + CULTURE” DESIGN PANEL_
Union Market_ Washington DC_ Spring 2017 / Latin American and Spanish embassies invited
• Presentation for a Latin Market proposal in Washington
D.C. focused on the cultural heritage of Latin American markets and Andean Indigenous
cosmovision
• Guest for “Sunday Supper” annual dinner hosted by Chef Jose Garcés, focused on the
James Beard Foundation and women in culinary leadership
ARTCENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN_ Winter 2013 & Spring 2016
• Coordination with the design studios between ArtCenter + ATU
• Invited jurors for student reviews both in Los Angeles and Quito

BOOKS:
APARTMENT BUILDINGS_ GAIA pg, 134-143 September 2019 Editor Cayetano Cardelús _ editorial booq, 08012 Barcelona, España

TALL buildings + URBAN habitat Volume 2, USA pg 243-244,
ChicagoonTallBuildingsandUrbanHabitat, Editor Steven Henry & Anthony Wood 2019

2018 DETAILS ARCHITECTURE ANNUAL_ GAIA published_ #3 Year 2018_ pg. 104- 111 _ 2018

TALL buildings + URBAN habitat, Volume 1, USA pg 32-35,
Chicago on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Editor Steven Henry & Anthony Wood 2018

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Spanish
English

COMPUTER LITERACY:
AdobeSuite, AutoCad, Catia, Grasshopper, Maya, Maxwell Render, Revit, Rhino; CNC Milling, 3d Printing

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2018 CTBUH Chicago, USA

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
DESIGN COMPETITION “PAVILLION SACHA”_ College of Architects in Ecuador_ September 2017
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA_Fall 2010
• Critiqued and co teach a design studio for architecture students of 4th and 5th year.

HOBBIES:
Bike, cook, exercise

CLIENTELE:
2020, World Bank, new office in Quito-Ecuador
2020, European Union, new office in Quito-Ecuador
2020, French Embassy, new office in Quito-Ecuador

WEB SITE:
https://www.leppanenanker.com/

PORTFOLIO URL:
https://www.leppanenanker.com/

REGISTRATION DATE:
2020-03-17 17:59:35

COUNTRY:
Ecuador

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Aaron Leppanen


Marenostrum Residential Building

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2019
Aaron Leppanen and Gabriela Anker for Romero & Pazmiño Ingeniería Inmobilaria
Terrafertil Headquarter Offices

Golden A' Design Award Winner for Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category in 2019
Aaron Leppanen and Veronica Burbano for Terrafertil

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