Lira Luis Named A RIBA Fellow

The Royal Institute of British Architects named Lira Luis, Principal of ALLL and Founder of Leapfrog Project, a RIBA Fellow.

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12.12.2019. The Royal Institute of British Architects announced their newest RIBA Fellow Members that include Lira Luis, recognising her as an “inspirational Chartered Member (who) has made a significant contribution to the architecture profession”. A pioneering global professional membership body founded in 1834, the RIBA is a driver of excellence in architecture.

Lira Luis, FRIBA
Living Ball
Living Ball
System-built Homes
Maglev Installation
Maglev Installation
I’m truly honored by RIBA’s recognition of my contribution to the architecture profession. RIBA is a recognized voice of our profession worldwide. Becoming a RIBA Fellow is an honor for me that empowers and enables equity through participation in its platform that advocates and celebrates many architectural voices in one profession. And also, RIBA is a large professional organization that has the nimbleness of the small grassroots… an old institute founded in 1834 that is nimble to new ideas and voices that reflect our changing world. -Lira Luis

What makes a Fellow of the RIBA


RIBA looks for inspiring figures that can represent the diversity, talent, and dynamism of architecture and the built environment. The attributes that lie at the heart of RIBA Fellow Membership are positive contributions to architecture; from working with poorer communities in their own country, to designing infrastructure abroad, and the desire to support, influence and affect change.

Fellows of the RIBA are ambassadors for the profession and RIBA community, with membership providing a profile and platform to continue to affect change and celebrate architecture.


a RIBA Chartered Architect since 2008

Lira formed an architecture career for the benefit of others through research and innovation. As Taliesin Fellow for Taliesin Associated Architects, she revived the underutilised System-Built Homes — Frank Lloyd Wright’s foundational project that birthed his “Usonian” Jacobs House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) — resulting in reduction of blight in a disadvantaged city block of New Jersey. Her research and development of Leapfrog Project’s “Living Ball” enabled self-sufficient empowerment of extreme weather survivors through geodesic constructions. In her Magnetic Levitation Experiment, she developed new architectural solutions to help island nations overcome rapidly rising sea levels. These architectural solutions to their rapidly changing environments intersect Science and Technology. 

She mentored young women and minorities about 3D Printing, Architecture Technology, and licensure at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Westwood College, and Scottsdale Community College, including UN 2030 Youthforce.

Lira received the 2010 AIA Athena Young Professional Leadership Award for “contributing time and energy to improving her community’s quality of life” and “actively assisting others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential” which she continues to advance long after receiving the recognition through collaborations with UN Women USA and other NGOs.