He holds a Doctorate Degree of Advanced Studies in Project Critical Analysis and a Master Degree in Architectural Design, both from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB). He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Santo Domingo. In 2006, his Architecture Degree dissertation – A Proposal to Inhabit – was prized at the International Biennale of Architecture of Santo Domingo.
The possibility of being able to shift from a broad range of project stages, disciplines and formats has defined, since the first moment, his personal approach to his collaborative and individual work in: architecture, regional and urban planning, furniture and product design, visual arts and research. His projects seek to question the boundaries of traditional and contemporary space, politics and representation, with a keen interest on new aesthetic languages and inventive technical implementations.
Yuri Leonardo has worked in multiple agencies of architecture and urbanism in Santo Domingo, Barcelona and Paris, developing a broad experience in every design phase of the architectural project, from the conceptual stage of the different competitions to their respective construction phases.
As an independent architect, he has been brought to work, as a Project Principal, with a series of private investors, developing an array of innovative large scale projects, such as, the competition for the masterplan for a new city (Ciudad Juan Bosch) in Santo Domingo, a project for the redefinition of the Haitian-Dominican border region, a museum dedicated to the lifework of Dominican Scientist Eugenio Marcano and several extensive residential projects.
Yuri Leonardo’s work, as a visual artist, focuses on the subject of absence as a way of reflecting on memory, history and the life of the contemporary immigrant in today’s globalized world. His work has been shown in numerous biennales and exhibitions in France, Germany, Senegal, Lithuania and Dominican Republic.
In 2016, he started developing his own collection of urban bags, the Lar Bags Project, which is, currently, in its fourth prototype stage. That same year, he was appointed teacher of Theory of Art and Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña. Yuri Leonardo has lectured in multiple occasions on art, architecture and urbanism. He currently lives and works in Berlin. /