Charlotte Leib


Charlotte approaches teaching, research, and design as interconnected endeavors. Holding a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and dual Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture and Design Studies from Harvard University, she works closely with Principal Beka Sturges and Senior Associate Meg Griscom to advance the New Haven Studio’s research and equity initiatives and to manage its internship program. Originally from New Jersey, she grew up near the headwaters of the Passaic River, on the ancestral lands of the Lenape people. Her exposures to the area’s densely packed, often degraded landscapes, and trips along the Northeast corridor to New York City, the Catskills, and points beyond gave her an early appreciation of the region’s diverse ecologies. Later experiences working at the Urban Farming Institute of Boston, the City of Cambridge’s Urban Forestry Division, and SCAPE Landscape Architecture, along with coursework in landscape history and theory sparked her interest in studying the built environment through the lenses of visual and material culture, technology, politics, and resource governance. A former competitive swimmer and current doctoral student in Yale University’s History Department, Charlotte sees her work at Reed Hilderbrand as a constantly evolving practice and values deeply the firm’s commitment to design excellence, teamwork, and reciprocal learning.