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

Assistant Professor Leonard Yui’s research investigates the intersection of architecture, ecology and landscape. His recent work examines the materiality and infrastructure of urban wood and expanding its ecological application through forest science, urban theory and design practice. He has presented his work at many peer-reviewed conferences 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 teaching objective emphasizes landscape thinking as a foundation for architectural design. He teaches regular graduate courses on “Urban Ecological Design” and “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 also teaches a university-wide interdisciplinary course in sustainability and is a part of the Sustainability Studies Minor Core Faculty. Prior to Roger Williams, professor Yui taught a variety of courses at the University of Oregon within the departments of architecture, landscape architecture and a planning and public policy program called “Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Certificate.” 

Professor Yui is a founder of the “Center for Urban Disturbance,” which is a design research studio that studies urban habitats and their ecological potential for architectural and landscape interventions. Prior professional experiences include variety of projects types such as K-8 schools, community centers, commercial development, golf-clubhouses, and high-end 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.