Could you please tell us about your background, and the journey to starting your own practice?
Ryan Leidner: I’m originally from Los Angeles and I went to college (Brown) and graduate school (Harvard GSD) in New England, and lived in that area for ten years before moving back to San Fransisco, California. In college, I focused my studies on Classics and Ancient History, but I always kept a creative studio practice of painting, drawing, and working with ceramics. Going to graduate school to study architecture felt like a really natural next step and way to integrate my academic and creative interests.
After working at a few different offices through and after graduate school, I realised quickly that the process of working directly with clients to create spaces and homes felt really meaningful to me, and inspired me to start my own practice.