“Jen believes that allowing the stakeholders from the community to be apart of the team-based design process, ensures positive outcomes and changes for pres­ent and future generations.”

Jennifer Lamar Leyva

Senior Interior Designer

As an Interior Designer and Educational Planner, Jennifer’s role at FNI allows her to actively participate in all phases of the design process, including: facilitating design and planning workshops, developing Discovery Workbooks and planning materials for clients, produce Interior Design Workbook Guides, space planning and programming, and create 3D renderings and hand sketches for schematic designs. She is passionate about creating healthy and engaging learning environments so that students are uninhibited creatively and academically and inspired for a lifetime of learning. Working closely with the design architects, Jennifer ensures that the interiors function as a 21st century educational space to allow for maximum flexibility and variety with furniture selections and are aesthetically inspiring with interior details, lighting, finishes and color selections.

Jennifer also serves as an Senior Researcher for an innovative research project: Task Furniture for Education (TFE). TFE has involved top designers, furniture manufacturers and ergonomic experts from around the world to develop guidelines for educational furniture that responds to the recent trends in technology, flexibility, and collaboration in today’s schools

With FNI, she has worked on numerous projects, including: International School of Brussels, International School of Vietnam, Sinarmas World Academy in Indonesia, Medford Elementary Schools, Herchmer Wascana and Arcola Community Schools in Regina, Saskatchewan, North Central Shared Facility and Regina Skills and Trade Center in Regina, Saskatchewan, LAS Almaty in Kazakhstan, LAS Leysin in Switzerland, American Community School of Abu Dhabi, and Georgetown Primary in the Cayman Islands. Most recently she served as a Project Manager for schematic designs for P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Florida and Thomas Jefferson High School for Design and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.

She received her Master of Interior Design degree from the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. Her studies cumulated in a thesis titled “Investing action research as a planning and designing approach: A post- occupancy evaluation of University of Florida College of Law’s Legal Information Center.” She strongly encourages the collaborative process of design by use of action research methodologies. Allowing the stakeholders from the community to be apart of the team-based design process ensures positive outcomes and changes for present and future generations. The ideas that emerge from involving the teachers, parents, administrators, and students lead to creating inspirational learning environments that the community is able to truly take ownership of. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Theater from Skidmore College where she studied in London with the prestigious Shakespeare Programme participating in acting workshops with masters from the Royal Shakespeare Company.