Episode 018: Remote Practice

How do you manage a virtual design studio?


Leah Alissa Bayer, Founder and Managing Director of EVIA Studio

Leah Alissa Bayer, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA, is Founder and Managing Director of the architecture start-up EVIA Studio. First registered in 2017 in California, Leah is licensed to practice in CA, Hawaii, and Washington state and is based out of home offices in Palo Alto, CA and Bellingham, WA, while EVIA Studio serves clients throughout the Pacific States. A true multi-disciplinarian, Leah received her Bachelor of Architecture with an aerospace-centric thesis, a Minor in Fine Arts, and four years of structural engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014.

Equally passionate about serving as a leader in practice for her profession as she is to her firm, Leah is dedicated to volunteer work. She is the AIA Silicon Valley Treasurer and incoming Vice President for 2021, founding Chair of the AIASV Practice Leadership Committee, Founding Co-Chair of the Architectural Intelligence Conference, Advisor to AIA National’s Center for Practice, and Chair of the NCARB Experience Advisory Committee.

EVIA Studio isn’t your traditional architecture firm. They’re an award-winning, 100% women-led, virtual team of diverse professionals spread across the country who are passionate about creating exceptional living spaces for everyone. From extra space for a growing family to a vibrant showroom for a new business, healthy affordable housing or a luxurious getaway – whatever it is, they’ve got you covered with their commitment to outstanding service and design. They believe buildings should look great, feel great, and do great things for our communities. 

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