Kyna Leski is a professor of architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, and a founding principal of 3SIXØ Architecture.


She is the author of the first semester architecture design curriculum, given for seventeen years to over 1800 students. A book on this pedagogy, The Making of Design Principles, was published in 2007. Professor Leski has taught Architecture, Foundation Studies and Industrial Design and was the academic head of the RISD European Honors Program in Rome from 1993 to 1995. She served as the Head of the Department of Architecture from 2009-13. The primary focus of her teaching research is the creative process and its workings across a broad spectrum of disciplines.  

Kyna Leski is a founding principal of 3SIXØ Architecture ( The Rhode Island AIA has bestowed its top honors on 3SIXØ 17 times and the Boston Society of Architects has awarded 3SIXØ four times. In 2002 Architectural Record named 3SIXØ one of ten “vanguard” architecture firms emerging worldwide and in 2008 Architectural Record recognized 3SIXØ for “Record Interiors.” Faith and Form awarded their chapel design in 2009.  Their work has been widely exhibited and has been published in journals and books in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 1998, her project, Dream House won first place out of 480 entries in Japan Architect’s Shinkenchiku-sha Residential Design Competition.

Kyna Leski has invested her life in navigating the creative process. She has done this through her teaching, her development of pedagogy; through her work as an architectural designer; and her practices as an artist, actor and writer. She has spoken about the creative process, through lectures given at Brown University, Penn State, Washington University, Sacramento State, Iowa State, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China and elsewhere. She gave a Main stage presentation at Pop!tech in 2009 and was a presenter at Aftertaste 2015 at Parsons, The New School in New York. Her book,  Creativity’s Arc:Storm’s-eye View will be published by MIT Press, this fall. 

B.Arch, The Cooper Union School of Architecture
M.Arch, Harvard University Graduate School of Design