Webcast: Designing your own sustainable studio

Part of the “AIGA Voices” series of webcasts featuring thoughtful and influential designers—including AIGA board members—speaking about a wide range of topics.   

This session was recorded on September 19, 2013. Watch this webcast. 

Back in 2007 when Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt purchased a 1920s gem of a building to serve as Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.’s studio, the world was a different place. In the midst of the Great Recession, Deanna and her partner Rob decided to table the project. In the next four years many things changed—especially their own knowledge about sustainable buildings. In June 2013, two years after jump-starting the project, they finally moved into their solar powered, geo-thermal, rain garden adorned, renovated studio. Webcast attendees learned why and how they created this peaceful, responsible haven.


kuhlmann-leavitt headshotDeanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt, president and lead designer at Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.

Deanna is an Art Center College of Design graduate and worked 15 years in Santa Monica and St. Louis before establishing Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm known for its work in print, new media and the built environment. Deanna has received awards from Communication Arts, AIGA, AIA, TDC and Graphis. She has been featured in Communication Arts, the Masters of Design series, International Trade Fair Design and many other leading publications. She has lectured on design and served as a design juror across the United States and in Canada. Deanna recently completed her service on the AIGA national board.