Leslie’s philosophy of design focuses on understanding the client’s project initiatives, as well as, the organization’s mission – to truly generate a unique interior design specific to each project. Leslie also brings experience with furniture selection and custom furniture design. She provides clients with an objective perspective by developing a furniture specification that integrates quality selections and cost saving opportunities.

Leslie joined SVPA in 2007 and became an Associate in 2013. Prior to that, she gained experience at a local architecture firm, where she worked on a wide variety of institutional and commercial projects. 


Kent Campus Center - Simpson College Indianola, IA In association with WTW Architects Photo: Dave Burk © Hedrich Blessing

Kent Campus Center - Simpson College
Indianola, IA
In association with WTW Architects
Photo: Dave Burk © Hedrich Blessing

                    Academic Credentials & Certifications...

  • Registered Interior Designer in Iowa
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, Iowa State University, 1999
  • NCIDQ Certified

Professional Highlights & Affiliations...

  • Associate and Senior Interior Designer, SVPA Architects Inc.
  • Professional Member and Past President, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • LEED Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council 
  • Co-Chair, IIDA FUTURE 09

Community Activities...

  • Member, St. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines
  • Member, Days Run Homeowner Association 

Honors & Awards…

  • IIDA Silver Award for Blank Performing Arts Center, Simpson College  Educational/Religious category

Current and Recent Project Work...

  • Liberty High School, North Liberty, IA
  • nkeny Northview Middle School, Ankeny, IA
  • Nationwide Pilot and Refresh (wording?), Des Moines IA
  • Life Care Services, Des Moines, IA
  • Blank Performing Arts Center, Simpson College, Indianola, IA
  • Cascade Falls Aquatic Center, Ankeny IA
  • New Hope Assembly of God Church, Urbandale, IA
  • Cowles Athletic Complex Addition and Renovation, Simpson College, Indianola, IA
  • Keokuk Community School District, Keokuk, IA
    • George Washington Elementary renovation
    • Hawthorne Elementary renovation
    • High School renovation
  • Scholte Hall Renovation, Central College, Pella, IA
  • Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA
  • Midland National Life (Sammons Annuity Group), West Des Moines, IA
  • The Lauridsen Group (LGI), Ankeny, IA
  • Knoxville High School Auditorium Addition, Knoxville, IA
  • Midwest Heritage Bank
    • Corporate Offices, West Des Moines, IA
    • Interior renovation, Chariton, IA
  • Principal Café, Des Moines, IA
  • Brown Winick Law Firm expansion and interior renovations, Des Moines, IA
  • University of Iowa Data Center
  • Kent Campus Center, Simpson College, Indianola, IA
  • Peoples Bank, Carlisle, IA
  • Indianola Specialty Clinic, Indianola, IA
  • Jesup Community School District, Jesup, IA
    • High School Renovation
    • Early Education Addition