My name is Leslie and I am a first-generation and Mexican-American graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a Bachelors of Architecture (BArch, Accredited) and double-minors in Nature Sustainability and Latin American Cultural Studies. 

I am currently pursuing a Masters in Architecture II (Post-Professional)
at Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a Dean’s Merit Scholar, 2024 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and Leopold Schepp Scholar.

Currently working as a summer architectural intern at BNIM in KCMO. Previously worked with Studio Gang and Sweet Water Foundation.

I enjoy mentoring first-generation youth by utilizing my passions in architecture, community and education with my community organization, First-Gen Chisme.

Beyond work, I enjoy handcrafting Mexican beaded jewelry, exploring nature and
playing fútbol with my family!


Resume and portfolio available upon request and
can be reached at: 



“Leslie’s investments in first-generation communities has been absolute and earned since arriving to the RISD campus. Whether quickly doing the work in her own way, leading online forums or making online presentations and workshops. She has left a lasting legacy at RISD, not because she have ever been compelled to, but rather because she is deeply, earnestly and caring about the multiple communities she serves.”

Tony Johnson, RISD Associate Dean

-RISD First-Generation Legacy Award / 2023

Harvard Graduate School of Design Feature

-2024 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship / 2024