About me

Architect at work Exploring Death Valley

Caroline S. Lebar, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a licensed architect working in San Francisco, California, with a focus on higher education & K-12 public schools, affordable housing, historic preservation, and public interest design. Her work includes design, construction administration, teaching, and research. She currently works with Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. Previously, she worked with CAW Architects in Palo Alto, where she led the design and construction of the major renovation of historic Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University. Her other projects at CAW included renovations of library, administration, student services, and arts buildings for East Side Union High School District in San Jose; award-winning historic preservation work for private clients in Palo Alto; and other projects in the area.

Outside the office, Caroline has taught design studios at Hampton University’s Department of Architecture; Stanford University’s Architectural Design Program; and Duke University’s TIP Summer Studies Program at Rice University. She also served as Curator and Assistant Curator of the Columbia GSAPP Slide and Video Library, the school’s teaching and research image collection, from 2011 to 2013.

Caroline is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) with a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree. She received a dual A.B. from Duke University in Art History, Concentration in Architecture, and in Philosophy, where her undergraduate thesis discussed the urbanism of medieval monastic architecture in the city of Rome.

Since 2009, Caroline has written “Not Built in a Day,” a personal blog about architecture, urbanism, and the built environment. The blog was hosted on Blogger from 2009-2019 until it was incorporated into this site. In addition to writing about cities, Caroline’s writing includes reviews of books, films, and exhibitions; travelogues; and miscellaneous attempts at humor.

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