Born in Tehran in 1983, Leila holds a BA in architecture from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, an MA in membrane structures from Anhalt University in Germany and an MA from the University of British Columbia, Canada where she won the UBC architecture alumni Henry Elder prize. She wrote her thesis on "Modesty: Serendipity in Silence" which is going to be published as a book. In 2005, she co-founded Diba Tensile Architecture in Tehran, along with Alireza Behzadi, a company specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of membrane structures. In 2011 she worked as technical assistant at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. She was the chief architect and the designer of the Tabi’at Bridge in Tehran, a pedestrian bridge opened in the late 2014 which won several awards, including the Popular Choice award in the Highways & Bridges category of Architizer's 2015 A+ Awards.
Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016.
architects first conceived the two-to-three level, 270-metre-long curved
pedestrian bridge of varying width, a complex steel structure featuring a
dynamic three-dimensional truss with two continuous deck levels that sits on
three tree shape columns, with a third where the truss meets the column
branches. It was an imaginative leap beyond the basic competition brief of
designing a bridge to connect two parks separated by a highway in northern
Tehran, without blocking the view to the Alborz Mountains. The structural
elements are based on a latent geometrical order rotated and repeated in three
dimensions. The result is a spatial structure large enough to create an
inhabitable architectural space, where people congregate, eat and rest rather
than just pass through. Multiple paths in each park were created that would
lead people on to the bridge. Seating, green spaces and kiosks encourage people
to linger on a site where greenery has been preserved by the minimal footprint
of the bridge, whose curve offers a variety of viewing perspectives.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Design 2009-2010, construction 2010-2014, completion 2014