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 Master’s degree of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan. During his career Aaron has worked on a number of award winning institutional, educational, residential and commercial projects across the globe.  Aaron has worked at Greg Lynn FORM in collaboration with Gehry Partners in Los Angeles, Naga Studio Architecture in Dubai, McIntosh Poris Associates in Detroit and Belzberg Architects in Los Angeles amongst others. During this time projects included; Sentosa Island Casino Proposal in Singapore, Oqyana – “Australia” (Part of the World Development) in Dubai, Saadiyat Museum Pavilion no. 3 in Abu Dhabi and the Bill and Melinda Gates Discovery Center in Seattle. 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 for design and sustainability. Aaron has reviewed at University of Southern California, Art Center College of Design, Northern Michigan University and Universidad Católica in Quito.


  • Sofía Chávez / Associate / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Sofía Chávez holds a professional degree from The Universidad Católica in Quito Ecuador. She developed numerous construction techniques in which efficiency and aesthetics met in harmony. Leading various construction and design projects, Sofia has pushed the envelope in how to use conventional construction techniques in unconventional ways to achieve the demands of the project.

  • Kevin Aragón / Associate / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Kevin Arágon hold a professional architecture degree from Universidad de las Americas in Quito, where he specialized in the important dynamic between agriculture and the urban landscape, necessary for resilient cities. His interest lay on the way that the urban form influences the architectural one. Within the team he leads the architectural visualization department.

  • Belén Acurio / Associate / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Belén Acurio holds a Master in Architecture in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where she specialized on the research of conventionally negative urban elements used in constructive strategies for a healthier and sustainable urban landscape. She also holds a professional degree from the Universidad Católica del Ecuador, where she developed a new strategy for rural school design. Her work experience includes projects like Scala Shopping in Cumbaya and the government platform in Quito.

  • Carolina Rodriguez / Associate / b. Loja, Ecuador

    Carolina Rodriguez holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the  Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia . She is responsible for integral management of medium and high complexity projects. She has vast experience in planning, design and economic feasibility analysis of national and international projects. Her work experience expands from Dubai to Moscow.

  • Janina Sánchez / Associate / b. Quito, Ecuador

    Janina Sánchez holds a Bachelor of Science from Jacobs University Bremen in Electrical and Computer Engineer, where she specialized in building integrated photovoltaics.  She also holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an architect and engineer, she has developed her career in the two fields having a unique understanding of the engineering a design sides of a vast variety of projects. Her work experience expands from research on renewable energies in the south of Germany to designing exhibitions in the UK.