Leah Meisterlin is an architect, urbanist, and urban planner; a geosocial data scientist, geographic information systems specialist, and cartographer; and founding partner of an interdisciplinary practice, Intersticity. Her research is primarily focused on concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. Within this research and in practice, she specializes in design driven by quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, often paired with critical cartography and representation techniques taken from the field of architecture.
Prior to establishing Intersticity, she cofounded PRE-Office, a New York City-based design and research studio, aimed at investigating the structures behind design processes in the urban environment and recognized as a “new model practice” by Architect in 2010. She has worked as a cartographer and GIS specialist at Urbanscale, studied questions surrounding American housing as an associate research scholar at Columbia University's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and been a research scientist at New York Univeristy's Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. Her work has been featured in print and in exhibition, most recently in Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream at the Musuem of Modern Art in New York.
Leah holds a Masters of Architecture and an MS in Urban Planning (both from Columbia University) and a BA in Art: Architecture and Urbanism (from Smith College). She lives in New York City and teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, Barnard College, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology's College of Architecture and Design.