Leila Hamroun-Yazid

Ms. Hamroun-Yazid, is an accomplished historic preservation architect, with over twentyfive years of national and international experience providing design, planning, management and cultural analysis services primarily for existing buildings and sites. Her multilingual and multicultural background informs a nuanced perspective on the historical, political, social and economical contexts that shape interventions on the existing building fabric. By bringing together design and technical knowledge from the combined disciplines of architecture, planning, conservation, and building diagnostics, she is committed to imaginative design solutions, that provide a contemporary experience while respecting the integrity and character of the building or structure.

Ms. Hamroun-Yazid has a distinguished record of developing strategies for the long-term stewardship of the built heritage with a commitment to customized solutions, adapted to the nature, scale and context of each project. Her effective, and inclusive approach seeks to create consensus between the multitude of stakeholders and governmental entities involved in the process, informed by a thorough – and practical – knowledge of relevant codes and standards, and latest technological innovations. Her projects have a common theme: extending the life of existing properties in a manner consistent with the Client’s mission, while providing an enhanced experience, and minimizing operating costs through energy savings and streamlined routine maintenance.

Ms. Hamroun-Yazid is consistently enriching her professional practice with presentations at national conferences, teaching opportunities, educational programming, and mentoring activities. Ms. Hamroun-Yazid is also a founding member of the Christiana Care Health System Oncology Patient Advocates for Clinical Trials (OPACT), and has focused her advocacy on addressing clinical trial accrual and cancer health disparities in minorities and the medically underserved.  She has participated in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scientist-Survivor program to address cancer health disparities, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Research Community Forum Annual Meeting, and been part of ASCO-Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) webinars.  In addition to being a member of the ASCO and the Association for Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) Steering Group for the ASCO-ACCC Collaboration to Increase Participation of Patients from Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in Cancer Treatment

Trials, and the ASCO Clinical Trial Access and Participation Task Force, she has recently been selected to join the National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Steering Committee. Her efforts are not focused on a specific disease, rather on how to expand the reach of clinical trials through an overall strategy of information and inclusion, which can be tailored to support more disease-specific initiatives.

Her increased engagement in advocacy efforts is consistent with a long-held belief in the importance of outreach and community engagement, both within her area of expertise and beyond. Her deliberate approach is informed by experience providing pro-bono planning services to help nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development, running community workshops in support of planning studies, and advocating for increasing the voice of minority and low-income groups in planning decisions. With deeper understanding of stakeholders, institutions, and framework shaping oncology clinical trial, she can also better leverage the tools and experience gathered in other arenas to be a resource for those developing trials, and a voice for those who may benefit from them.

Her commitment to community engagement and advocacy efforts was most recently acknowledged with a 2018 Community Excellence Service Award and the 2019 Society of Foreign Consuls of New York Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to Community Empowerment.

Ms. Hamroun-Yazid will continue applying these lessons learned and best practices as a Board member of the Algerian American Foundation for Culture, Education, Science and Technology. She will be renewing an engagement started when she first joined the Board in 2014 and maintained through her participation in the AAF Summer University Program Civil Engineering & Architecture Track Organizing Committee since its first edition in 2018.