Leah Alissa Bayer
AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc.
founder + Studio Director
Leah founded EVIA LLC and officially launched the Studio in 2018. Early on in practice, she identified a systemic lag between industry standard architecture & construction methods and the unique demands of modern living. This observation paired with her curiosity, forward-focus, and passion for improving quality of life inspired her to create a company that will push the limits of the AEC industry, creating exciting environments that enable us to live, work, play, and connect meaningfully with one another.
EVIA's big-picture, integrated, R&D approach to design stems from Leah's multi-discipline background, which includes diverse education and professional experience from some of the world's best. She received her Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) with an aerospace-centric thesis, a Minor in Fine Arts, and four years of Structural Engineering (B.S.) from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014. Before launching EVIA, Leah worked as an Architect for Perkins+Will in San Francisco where she designed and managed biotech, workplace, and campus planning projects for a dedicated, confidential client. Prior to P+W, Leah lead high-end residential projects for WMAA in Mountain View. She also has over a decade's experience managing healthcare, retail, and design businesses.
Passionate about communication, equity, and business development, Leah also volunteers to improve the profession - most recently as a Director for the AIA Silicon Valley Board of Directors, Communications Director for Women In Architecture of AIASV, Founding Co-Chair of the Architectural Intelligence Conference, Equity In Practice charge leader for the NCARB Think Tank, and an NCARB Experience Committee and Experience Advisory Committee (EAC) Member. Leah also connects with her community through award-winning writing and storytelling.
Tim James Dunn
Tim leads EVIA LABS as the Lab Director, bringing with him a tremendous background in research and diverse fields of expertise. Tim is an Engineering Physicist at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory where he is an expert integrator, bridging chemistry experimentation with beamline engineering and software development.
Tim studied inorganic chemistry as a graduate researcher following his multi-discipline undergraduate background in chemistry, physics, computer science, and business. The depth of his education has been primarily focused in the disciplines of physical inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy, where he has eight publications including a cover article in the July 2012 “New Talent: Americas” issue of international scientific journal, Dalton Transactions, and is acknowledged in dozens more, including multiple Nature papers.
Tim's interests are broad with an array of creative and scientific pursuits, including sustainable energy development and emerging battery technologies. His focus in the LAB is research development, construction methods, materials engineering, and emerging technologies, including automation, in-house client/consultant interface applications, and VR development.