About New Leaf

Hallie M. Bowie

Architect / LEED Green Associate

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I’ve been designing homes since 1987, with projects ranging from additions and renovations to whole house design.  I founded New Leaf Home Design in 2006 to allow me to continue working directly with homeowners, and to increase my focus on creating more sustainable and energy efficient houses.  I began working from home before my young adult children Hannah and Aaron were born, so the relationship between family life and home design has always been very clear for me!  

I’m a registered architect in the state of Ohio, License #9767.   In order to maintain my license, I complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education courses per year in subjects like Universal Design, Aging in Place, and Sustainability. I’m a Certified Green Professional through the National Association of Home Builders, as well as a LEED Green Associate.   I helped with the design of a LEED new home for Habitat for Humanity of Stark and Carroll Counties, and was the architect for two “deep energy retrofits” of existing homes by YouthBuild Akron and Canton’s Project ReBuild. I’m also the HBA representative on the Summit County Environmental Sustainability Task Force created by county council in August of 2019.

As an architectural firm, New Leaf provides design services.  I’ll help you sort out what your goals are, listen to what is most important to you, pay attention to the things you’d like to have if you can, evaluate the opportunities and limitations of your existing home or your building site.  I’ll also provide advice on materials, systems, energy efficiency strategies, and the whole process of getting your project built. If you already know exactly what you want to build and have a floor plan sketched out to scale, you may be better served by a drafting service to convert your sketches to drawings detailed enough for the building department.  

I’m an active member of the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron.  When I’m not designing homes or doing volunteer work, I enjoy singing, doing yoga, and being outdoors hiking, running, and gardening.