Owen Leslie

Acquilano Leslie, Denver

Owen is the Managing Principal of Acquilano Leslie Incorporated. He is an AIA member and is an NCARB certified architect licensed in fourteen states. He is also a LEED accredited professional with extensive LEED certification experience. He has 28 years of experience in a variety of project types including new development, property acquisitions, building renovations, architecture and commercial interior design, and general contracting. Owen has acted as owner’s representative for over 4 million square feet of proposed new development, and has been responsible for the architectural design and construction of millions of square feet totaling in excess of $500 million.


Owen received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with High Honors from the University of Tennessee in 1981 and was recipient of the Malcolm Rice Achievement Award and the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society award in Architecture. Owen also received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Business from the University of Tennessee in 1977. Owen was awarded the Mentor Award by Commercial Real Estate Women for mentoring women in real estate.


Owen spent two years with the internationally renowned architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, working on office building and hotel projects including Denver’s 55 story, 1.3 million square foot Republic Plaza Building. He then spent seven years with Toronto based real estate developer Bramalea Ltd. where he worked on new development in Denver, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas, including the 72 story, 2.1 million square foot First Interstate Bank Building in Dallas.


Owen co-founded Acquilano Leslie Incorporated in 1990 with Donna Acquilano and has guided the firm’s work and it’s growth to recently include four corporate headquarters projects in excess of 250,000 square feet each, new office building development, and major mountain resort work. Owen has held the position of real estate developer, architect, tenant and contractor. This diverse experience gives him a collective understanding of each party’s objectives and obligations and the requirements for each to operate most effectively. His knowledge is often relied upon and valued in the real estate transaction.

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