About Leslie

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. She is involved with all phases of a project from early design to detailed drawings and throughout construction.  Leslie is a good listener, collaborator and critical thinker, she works hard to provide excellent service to each and every client. Her goal is to design spaces that not only fit the client’s style and functionality of the space, but also within budget. Leslie’s experience also includes furniture selection and custom furniture design. She provides clients with an objective perspective by developing a furniture specification that integrates quality selections with cost-saving opportunities.

What phase of a project is your favorite and why?

“I really enjoy the early phase of Schematic Design, starting the puzzle of spacing, planning and starting to move the project into 3D. This is also when we begin to explore various design concepts and ideas, and define the character of the project.”

What is a hidden talent you have?

“I love to sing karaoke to ‘Any Man of Mine’ by Shania Twain. I also love photography and am constantly pulling over while driving or going out of my way to take a photo of something that catches my eye!”

Joined SVPA Architects

August of 2007; became a stockholder in 2013


Iowa State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, 1999

Professional Affiliations

International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Member & Past President

IIDA FUTURE 09, Co-Chair


National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Certificate Holder

Registered Interior Designer in Iowa

U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional

Honors & Awards

IIDA Silver Award, Educational/Religious Category – Simpson College, Blank Performing Arts Center

Notable Project Experience

  • Des Moines Register Media, Des Moines IA
  • Iowa City Community School District
    • Liberty High School, North Liberty, IA
    • North Central Junior High School, North Liberty, IA
    • Northwest Junior High School, Coralville, IA
  • Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA & Gainesville, FL
  • MercyOne Clinics
    • Adel, IA
    • Carlisle, IA
    • Grand Avenue Family Medicine, West Des Moines
    • Grimes, IA
    • Indianola, IA
    • Norwalk IA
    • Ottumwa, IA
    • Occupational Health Building, Des Moines, IA
  • Northwest Bank, Ankeny, IA
  • Pella Corporation, Pella, IA
    • Experience Studio Renovation
    • Building 5, Floor 2 Renovation
    • Building 28, Floor 1 Renovation
    • Simpson College, Indianola, IA
      • Kent Campus Center
      • Blank Performing Arts Center
  • Voya Financial, Des Moines, IA

I am a good listener, collaborator and critical thinker and I work hard to provide excellent service to each and every client.

- Leslie J. Wilson, IIDA, LEED AP