Ismael Leyva immigrated from his native Veracruz, Mexico, to New York City, 40 years ago — for love. He married his first wife — a New Yorker — whom he met while still in Mexico, and he ended up staying. Cupid’s arrow happened to add a stroke of luck to his career as well, because he says to be able to work in New York City is a dream come true for an architect.
“It’s the place to be,” says the 55-year-old, who never intended to leave his beloved Mexico and his family behind.
Leyva didn’t even have the slightest clue that, years later, he would be one of the lead architects responsible for revamping the NYC towers and buildings with his sleek and often slender structures.
As the president of his own international architecture, interior design and urban planning firm, Ismael Leyva Architects with offices in New York City and Central America, he has built numerous award-winning residential and commercial projects in NYC, including the luxury residences at the Time Warner Center, the Battery Maritime Building, the Tribeca Royale and many more.