Lionheart

Courage to Create Places We Love. 

I'm Rebecca. 

I am a planner, designer and advocate for smart communities. After 20 years working for both the public sector and other consulting firms, I have witnessed many visions struggle towards implementation. Public private partnerships are particularly challenging for decision-makers. Let me help. I can bring my experience to work for you!
Rebecca Leonard, Lionheart’s founder and CEO, joined forces with some brave women from across the country to discuss gender parity in Landscape Architecture Magazine. Read it here.

A shift is happening in the practice of landscape architecture. In 2016 and 2017, four women—Gina Ford, FASLA; Cinda Gilliland, ASLA; Rebecca Leonard, ASLA; and Jamie Maslyn Larson, ASLA—all prominent, talented landscape architects and planners, broke away from their leading roles in award-winning firms to lead or start new practices. In October 2018, they held a panel discussion at the ASLA Annual Meeting on the challenges and opportunities of female leadership in the profession. At the same time, they jointly published a statement on change.org called the Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution. The statement outlines actions for creating a completely equitable professional environment for women in landscape architecture.

Although this topic is not unique to our profession, we can have this discussion and lead change throughout our nation. Landscape architects and planners know the advantages of diversity. Without it, ecosystems likely become unstable. Stabilizing an ecosystem doesn’t just happen. It requires active intervention. These women share courageous points of view. Their experiences deserve to be heard with open minds and with empathy. Creating a diverse and equitable ecosystem of people in our profession requires the participation of us all.
The Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution
  
We are proud to announce the Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution! Sign it today to show your support and commitment to address
​gender parity in the profession! 
  
Sign the (re)Solution!
With Hyperloop’s emerging technology and the wonders it proposes, it is imperative to understand how this new transportation will affect the built environment. The Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Consortium is taking this into account with a 20,000 mile hyperloop network that will stretch across the nation. Rebecca Leonard wants the right people to be involved in this project, the ones who know the impact of infrastructure on people.  
Getting Your Numbers in a Row
​Article:
Measuring project performance is crucial to the planning and design professions, but which measuring tools are best? Both the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Society of Landscape Architects use rating systems to gauge a project's sustainability. However, neither system measures economic viability. To assess that, the tool of choice is the pro forma. Rebecca Leonard and her colleagues discuss the basics of pro forma development and usage for designers and planners. 
Rebecca Leonard Inducted into the College of Fellows 2016
​Article:
Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Those chosen become members of the College of Fellows.