Leonard Yui

leonard yui
Leonard Yui, AIA, LEED APAssistant Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Studies Minor Core Faculty

Contact Information

(401) 254-3011lyui@rwu.eduSchool of Architecture

Areas of Expertise

Urban Ecological Design, Sustainable Architecture, Landscape Architecture


Post-Professional Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Post-Professional Master of Architecture, University of Oregon
Ecological Design Certificate, University of Oregon
Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo
USGBC LEED Accredited Professional
Registered Architect

Leonard Yui’s research investigates the intersection of architecture, ecology and landscape. His recent work examines how sea level rise and climate change in the New England region can offer ecological design opportunities in the cultural landscape. He holds post-professional master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture with an Ecological Design Certificate from the University of Oregon. His work has appeared in a variety of research-based venues including the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC).

His pedagogy emphasizes landscape thinking as a foundation for architectural design. He teaches regular graduate courses on Urban Ecological Design and Introduction to Landscape Architecture: Theory and Practice, which also contribute to the sustainability and urban studies minors. He is a coordinator for the second-year design studios with an emphasis on site design, as well as a foundational seminar course on Site and Environments. He is part of the Sustainability Minor Core Faculty and teaches the university-wide interdisciplinary course on sustainability. Prior to Roger Williams University, he taught courses at the University of Oregon in the departments of architecture, landscape architecture and planning and public policy program (Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Certificate).

Professor Yui is a director of the Urban Disturbance Studio, which studies urban habitats and their ecological design potential for architectural and landscape interventions. His professional experiences include K-­8 schools, community centers, commercial development, ­clubhouses, and residential homes. He managed and led projects through the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) program as well as Southern California Edison’s Savings by Design. He has represented the AIA California Council’s Committee on the Environment as Education Chair as well as the Academy of Emerging Professionals as Associate Director South. He is a member of the Ecological Landscape Alliance as well as American Institute of Architects.


Recent Scholarship & Design

Yui, Leonard. “A New Guilded Age: From Gilded Landscapes to Ecological Guilds.” Presented at the National Conference: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, “Play with the Rules,” University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2018.

Yui, Leonard. “Rewilding Pallets: Diversifying Ecological Values in Urban Wood Waste.” Presented at the joint International Conference: Architectural Research Centers Consortium + European Association for Architectural Education, “A Global Community,” Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2018.

Yui, Leonard. “Cradles to Cradles: Designing for Non-Human Loops.” Presented at Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture, “The Ethical Imperative,” in session, “Ecological Ethics: Role of the Architect.” University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, 2018.

Yui, Leonard. “Pallets in the Expanded Field.” Presented at Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture, “The Ethical Imperative,” in design project session, “Architecture in the Expanded Field: From Interiors to Landscapes.” University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, 2018.

Yui, Leonard, Yui, Sahoko. “Co-mposter” Co-Machines: Mobile Disruptive Architectures Competition. Finalist – publication, gallery presentation in Berlin, Germany, 2016, 2018.

Yui, Leonard. “Ecological Aesthetics of the Tatami: Design at the Intersection of Resource and Waste.” Presented at Japan Studies Association Conference. University of Hawaii at Manoa & Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawai’I, 2018.

Yui, Leonard. “Mapping Artful Urban Ecologies: Exploring and Assembling Shared Places through Digital Media.” Presented at Critical Geography Conference, “Envisioning the Future of Critical Geographies.” Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania 2017.

Yui, Leonard. “Language of Architectural Wood: Waste to Ecological Abundance.” Presented at Architectural Research Centers Consortium. “Architecture of Complexity: Design Systems Society and Environment.” University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2017.