Lea is an Interior Architect with a Masters of Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, 2016. From 2011 to 2013 she served as a Trustee of Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree in 2011. Lea’s graduate thesis from RISD developed an architectural strategy to reduce prison recidivism through infusing prisons with learning and healing via healthy, innovative, in-prison manufacturing. At RISD Lea received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, including the Best Use of Research in Design Award for her thesis. In 2015, she developed a patent pending design to adaptively reuse existing mechanical air systems, improving air quality in hospitals. Lea has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, on the RISD homepage, and her work has been published in the Int|Ar Journal and Green Building and Design Magazine. In 2015 Lea worked at Delos Living, LLC implementing the WELL Building standard. She is currently teaching Design Research at the Rhode Island School of Design and working as a designer at HDR.