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Howard D. Leist

Senior Vice President Design

Howard Leist is responsible for the oversight of design quality and coordination from conceptual design through construction. Mr. Leist is an architect with over 25 years of experience leading design teams on complex projects in both the residential and commercial space.

Prior to Witkoff, Mr. Leist was Director of Architectural Design at SLCE Architects where he specialized in high-rise residential development. Prior to SLCE, Mr. Leist was Design Partner at HLW International, Design Director at Gensler, and Design Director at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, where he won a New York A.I.A. award in 2000.

Mr. Leist received a BA in Design and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Mr. Leist is LEED-certified, registered architect in New York and California.