De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop was established in 2003 as a design studio focusing on cultural & civic environments. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, we use the contextual specificity of our region as an open-ended opportunity for research & investigation. Our history of working with not-for-profit organizations and grass-roots community efforts has shaped a practice grounded in exploring architectural possibilities to enrich & nurture our community though both design and the collaborative process of consensus-building.
Our working methodology draws inspiration from local traditions of craft & fabrication, placing an emphasis on ordinary materials and conventional construction methods. We purposefully strive
for a reductive design rigor aimed at both economy and constructability. In a similar vein, we approach sustainability from an equally regional perspective, favoring modest ‘passive’ strategies over specialized systems through an understanding of site & climate.
In partnership with our clients, local builders & multidisciplinary trades, our studio offers a ‘common ground’ to explore, test and critique. We have gained a reputation within our community for successfully working with city, state & federal agencies in a truly collaborative manner. We aim to cultivate a working process that allows for a nuanced understanding of site, context and local culture.