Natasha Espada, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is the founder and Principal of STUDIO ENÉE architects. She has over 25 years of design and construction expertise in both renovation and new construction and has a special interest in sustainability. She has worked on projects for public and private clients, which require innovative planning and design, creative solutions, and successful client/team collaboration.
Natasha is an active member of the American Institute of Architects(AIA) and the Boston Society of Architects(BSA). She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the BSA as the 2020 President-Elect. Currently, Natasha is the Co-Chair of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion + Harassment Task Force and is a member of Now Practice Now, focused on the future of the architectural practice. She has been a juror for several of the AIA/BSA Awards programs including the 2016 AIA Colorado Honor Awards. In 2018, Natasha was the featured member on the AIA website for her work on mentoring women in the profession. She has represented the BSA at the AIA Grass Roots Conference, and was a panelist for the AIA Leadership Institute. Natasha is a member of the Women in Design Principal's group and was a presenter at the AIA Women in Design Leadership Summit in Kansas City, MO. She was also the Director of the Women in Design annual exhibit and curated the exhibit: Urban Interventions: Women Designing in Boston at the BSA Space gallery.
Natasha is an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University. She has also been a design critic and presented seminars on library design, office design, daylighting, sustainability, and professional practice at Harvard University, Yale University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Roger Williams University, the Boston Architectural College, and ABX. In 2013, she moderated a panel at ABX on office culture and award-winning design focusing both on national and local trends and coauthored a chapter for the 2014 American Institute of Architects Manual of Professional Practice on project teams. Natasha has served on the Committee for Green Communities and is a member of the Permanent Public Building Committee in Needham, Massachusetts.
Prior to founding STUDIO ENÉE, Natasha was an Associate Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Architects, the 2007 AIA firm of the year. In her twenty years with Leers Weinzapfel, Natasha was involved with many of the firm's most prominent projects including the award-winning Dudley Square Police Station, Harvard's Library Services Building, a study for the renovation of the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library, and the renovation of Salem State University's Mainstage Theater.
Natasha received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Florida. At the University of Virginia, she was awarded a National Preservation Study Grant and a certificate in American Urbanism. During her undergraduate studies, she completed an architectural study abroad program in Vicenza, Italy and worked as an architectural intern in Tokyo, Japan with the firm of Kazuyoshi Yuzuriha.