Benjamin Wilcox AIA and Ashley Rao AIA promoted to Associate

Ben joined Leers Weinzapfel in 2007 and has been a pivotal member of the design team with a special emphasis on construction documents and construction administration. He is a highly dedicated and committed Project Manager and oversaw the construction documents and construction of the Brown University Neurosciences Lab and Biomedical Building and the Salem State University Sophia Gordon Performing Arts Complex Renovation. Most recently, Ben is the Project Architect on the Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Innovation, Engineering & Sciences, slated to open for the Spring 2019 semester.  Prior to joining Leers Weinzapfel Associates Ben worked as an Assistant Civil Engineer, an Assistant Project Manager, and a Construction Operations Assistant, honing his skills with hands-on, in-field experience in construction.

Ashley joined Leers Weinzapfel in 2016 after ten years of experience with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and has quickly proven herself indispensable as Project Manager on the Stadium Drive Residence Halls at the University of Arkansas, a new 708-bed complex. Her ability to holistically understand the goals of the project and manage schedule, budget and complex array of numerous stakeholders makes her an ideal choice. 

Ashley received her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University in 2005.  Her design work at the school was honored with the James Gamble Rogers Memorial Fellowship for exceptional skill in design and the Sonia Albert Schimberg Prize for outstanding academic performance.