The Real Deal New York

At the desk of Ismael Leyva

The prolific Mexican-born architect talks about everything from working in China to his love of “The Lion King”
By Guelda Voien | February 25, 2014 04:30PM

From the February issue: The prominent Mexican-born architect — behind the Upper East Side condo the Charles and the Riverhouse condos in Battery Park City — cut his teeth working under New York’s most prolific architects, Costas Kondylis. In 1996, he struck out on his own, launching an eponymous firm by renting a desk from a friend’s firm for $500 a month. [more]