Ashley Heeren, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Ashley works to celebrate communities and places with resilient, inclusive design. She believes that powerful connections made through the design of shared architectural spaces can inspire wellness, and she ardently promotes education and mentorship, especially efforts to amplify female voices.
Ashley's professional expertise has broad range in scale and typology across diverse communities and ecosystems, including award-winning development, hospitality, and educational projects. Ashley has leveraged her work experience to advance thought leadership as well; she has been a featured speaker at AIA and ASLA events across the U.S., at local events such as Austin Design Week, and on international media.
Ashley received her BA from Yale and her M.Arch from Harvard GSD with Ryan and DK. She helped launch LowDO as a decentralized experimental office, contributing to projects in Nigeria and the U.S. before recognizing her desire for broader experience with public-spirited work. She then spent over ten years with Lake|Flato Architects, where she helped open and grow a successful Austin office engaged in projects of varied program and scale, all aiming to prioritize sustainability.
Ashley serves on committees for The Trail Conservancy, ULI Austin, and other local groups working to improve the Austin community. She also remains passionate about learning from varied global perspectives; having lived in Europe, South Africa, and throughout the U.S., she strives to help design bridge divides and forge connections.