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MS Leire Asensio-Villoria


  • Architecture - Tectonics (Tectonics, Digital Fabrication, Ceramics)
  • Architecture and Urban Design (Health and Urban Design)
  • Architecture and Urban Design (Waste and Waste to Energy Infrastructure)



  • Leire is a registered architect in Spain and studied architecture at the ETSASS (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de San Sebastian) and the Architectural Association, London, UK. She received her Diploma in Architecture awarded with honors from the Architectural Association in 2001. Since 2002, Leire has been collaborating with David Syn Chee Mah as asensio_mah. Leyre has worked at a number of international architectural practices including Zaha Hadid Architects, Torres Nadal Arquitectos as well as Allies and Morrison Architects/Arup. Leire is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne's School of Design. She has taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design from 2010 to 2017, at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture, Graduate School Landscape Urbanism Programme from 2004 to 2007 and at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning from Fall 2006 till Spring 2010.   


Member of

  • Colgio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasco Navarro. COAVN 418811 2003 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • AADip(Hons), Architectural Association School of Architecture 2001

Awards and honors

  • International Garden Festival - Most Imaginative Design, Reford Gardens., 2011
  • Presidents Medals Competition - Silver Medal Virtual Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects, 2001
  • Presidents Medals Competition - Silver Medal Runner up, Royal Institute of British Architects, 2001



Available for supervision

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