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Ashley Rao

Senior Associate

Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Ashley is a Senior Associate with Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, recipient of the national AIA Firm Award and among ARCHITECT magazine’s Top 50 firms in the US since 2015. Known for their work in complex academic and infrastructure projects, Leers Weinzapfel is a national leader in the field of mass timber design. Ashley’s recent work includes Adohi Hall at the University of Arkansas, the first mass timber student housing project in the US and winner of the 2021 AIA Housing Award. A graduate of Harvard University, with a Masters degree in architecture from Yale University, Ashley is passionate about creating vibrant, sustainable buildings and urban environments. She is an active member of the Boston Sustainable Design Leaders peer network and leads the Leers Weinzapfel “Green Monsters” sustainability working group. Ashley relishes new challenges and is eager to share what she’s learned. She speaks nationally about mass timber design, highlighting the design opportunities, technical challenges, and carbon sequestration potential of building with wood.