Leslie A. Billhymer



Leslie Billhymer is a Senior Research Associate at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub and a lecturer in architectural design and sustainability at PennDesign. Leslie spends most of her time thinking about buildings and energy, and is further generally interested in the sustainable and innovative transformation of the way people use the places they live and work, energy, food, water, space, and countless other resources.

At the EEB Hub, she has led research and project management in two areas: stakeholder engagement and integrated design in the AEC industry. Nominated to join the Hub's Operating Committee in July of 2012, she's an active member of this body which leads the governance, management, and strategy for the Hub.
Prior to the EEB Hub, Leslie worked for Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research, Archi-tectonics, and HWKN. During that time, she was a contributing designer for numerous building projects and two exhibits, Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research’s “Our Cities Ourselves” exhibit sponsored by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and a Venice Biennale submission of 2010. Leslie also worked for four years in grassroots organizing and policy development for several political organizations including MoveOn Political Action Committee and the San Francisco Green Party.
Leslie received her M.Arch. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and she holds a BA in American History and Economics from Northwestern University. She is a recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant for her work with VIA Dirt. Her work has been published in VIA: Occupation, Journal of Architectural Education, and WORK 08/09.