We see architecture as a tool for moving the world forward.
Innovation distinguishes our work. In parallel with our projects, we develop and test next generation building assemblies and sustainable tools—a research effort supported by more than $2M in grant funding. For our commitment to boundary pushing design and research, LEVER was named one of the world's most innovative companies by Fast Company. Other significant firm honors include Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard and the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices.
Leveraging sustainability to create compelling architecture inspired us to pursue our pioneering work with mass timber construction. We are passionate about timber architecture because it is beautiful and can be sustainable. When made from responsibly sourced wood, mass timber can use significantly less carbon than a conventional structure or even be carbon negative.
Having completed 10 mass timber structures and 40+ research studies, we are advocates for responsible forestry and sustainable wood construction. Our timber innovation continues as we prepare to test a 10-story resilient wood rocking wall structure on an earthquake simulator and develop new digital tools that will allow the AEC industry and the public to understand the land management practices behind wood products.
Within our office, we work to create an inclusive culture where dialogue and action around equity are valued. We commit time to equity training and hold an annual firm culture audit organized by an independent Black owned business. Our firm prioritizes community projects with a DEI focus, and we continue to expand collaborations with diverse design partners and consultants.
To build a pipeline for a more diverse design profession, we collaborate with schools and organizations like Your Street, Your Voice to design, fund, and run programming for BIPOC youth. The firm also has its own initiative called TeamUp that pairs our staff with students of color who are interested in built environment careers. Our equity work is ongoing and evolving.