She has a Masters Degree in Architecture from University of Tehran. She has practiced as an architect and urban designer for three years. Leila is also a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University; the title being: The sense of community and social life of residential environments.
Her research interests include public life studies, place-making, liveability, sustainable urban development, socio-cultural studies, environmental behaviour studies and community engagement. Currently, Leila is working on a number of projects which are based upon monitoring and evaluating public and green spaces, social life and liveability. A full life of her publications can be found here.