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Leo Casas has a passion for the design and implementation of well-crafted traditional and classical architecture. He is a Registered Architect whose practice has led him from the offices of Ferguson & Shamamian, Architects in New York, to Curtis & Windham, Architects in Houston, to Basinger, Pennington and Associates in his hometown of San Diego, to Opticos Architecture. Leo now is the prinicpal and president of Braulio Casas Architects in Seaside Florida.
From 2005 - 2009, he was the town architect of Seaside, Florida. In this role he was responsible for design review of all new projects in Seaside.
Work on an array of building types has taken him throughout the United States, including Montana, Florida, California, New York, Texas, Nevada, Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona. His training began in the building trades under the tutelage of his father, who is a general contractor in San Diego. He continued his training and education at the University of Notre Dame where he received both his Bachelor of Architecture in 1994 and Master of Architecture in 1996.
Leo’s work has been exhibited and published widely. Most recently in The Views of Seaside, a book compiling writings and thoughts from leading authorities about Seaside’s influence in the world of developement, design, sustainability, and urbanism.
From 2003-2004 he taught at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome program in architecture, and in 2005 he taught an architecture studio at the New School in San Diego, California. Leo resides in Seaside with his Wife and business partner, Tara, their daughter, Cecilia, and their pugs, Chester and Dixie.