Leppanen Anker Arquitectura

Our Team

Leppanen Anker specializes in creating architectural spaces that consider the needs of their clients, under their economic, environmental, cultural and contextual influences. The aim of our design office is to generate creative answers with the latest technology available for the comfort of its customers, design and construction. Allowing us push our own limits. Leppanen Anker has worked across multiple scales, programs and cultures. Has a strong interest in developing spatial experiences through a merger of contextual, cultural, sustainable and formal influences. Creating evolution studies with parametric parameters and applying them to construction techniques. Leppanen Anker has diverse background with experience in Residential, Commercial, Cultural, Educational and Health Care projects both in the public and private sectors. We have architects and designers from several countries including Sweden, the United States and Ecuador, who constantly keep the team updated on the latest world trends. The office is located in historic Quito, Ecuador since 2012.

  • Gabriela Anker, LEED AP / Principal & Founder / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Gabriela Anker holds a Masters degree of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Virginia. Gaby has worked for the offices of Rafael Viñoly Architects, Daly Genik Architects, and Naga Studio Architecture Dubai and held an Associate position while at LBL Architects.
    She was an invited panel speaker during the “Dialogue por contemporary Latin American Design is shaping our own cultural fabric in food leisure and creative gathering places” Washignton DC. USA. A juror for the national competition of “Sacha Pavillion” held by CAE in Ecuador.

  • Aaron Leppanen / Principal & Founder / b. Marquette, Michigan

    Aaron Leppanen holds a Masters degree of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Michigan. Aaron has worked at Greg Lynn FORM in collaboration with Gehry Partners, Naga Studio Architecture, Dubai and Belzberg Architects amongst others. While at Belzberg Architects Aaron was the Project Manager/Project Designer for The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, which has been recognized both nationally and internationally. Aaron has reviewed at University of Southern California, Art Center College of Design, Northern Michigan University and Universidad Católica.


  • Sofía Chávez / Associate / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Sofía Chávez holds a professional degree from The Universidad Católica in Quito Ecuador.

  • Gabriela Valdez / Associate / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Gabriela Valdez holds a professional degree from Universidad de las Américas in Quito, Ecuador. During her undergraduate studies she did a year abroad in Madrid, Spain at Universidad Europea de Madrid. 

  • Belén Acurio / Associate / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Ana Belén Acurio holds a Master in Architecture in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture and a professional degree from the Universidad Católica del Ecuador.