National Museum of Forest Service History has been Awarded the Bronze award in the Future Education category for the World Architecture News Awards

The Conservation Legacy Center for the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula, Montana will educate the public about the history and ongoing conservation work of the United States Forest Service (USFS).

Its design is inspired by the qualities of the forests as valuable recreational and economic resources throughout history and echoes features of the local surrounding mountain landscape. An exhibit in and of itself, the predominantly wooden building will feature an array of mass timber products such as glulams, cross laminated timber (CLT) and Mass Plywood Panels (MPP). The unique two-way span capability of MPP is exhibited in a folded roof geometry over the south facing portico and the main lobby.

“Showcases a noble ambition to educate about conservation through architecture,” Laura Kinnaird, Judge

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst North Chiller Plant Receives 2023 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award 2023

The North Chiller Plant at University of Massachusetts Amherst is a 10,592-square-foot chiller plant that provides a “visual learning” element to the engineering quadrant community, a ground level perimeter glazing that showcases its interior operations and equipment to passersby, offering “technology on display” through the glazed base of the building.


“Since 1994, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, have organized The American Architecture Awards as a way to honor the best, new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects designed and/or built in the United States and abroad by the most important American architects and planners practicing nationally and international.

” – The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

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BWWC Signer Spotlight

Boston Women’s Workforce Council Features Leers Weinzapfel Associates in BWWC 100% Talent Compact Signer Spotlight Series, “A Conversation with Juliet Chun, AIA Associate and Josiah Stevenson, Principal”.

“The values we hold internally as a company, such as equity and sustainability, are infused in all aspects of our projects – from thinking about where we source our materials and their embodied carbon, to working with clients to ensure the design and space are inclusive for everyone.” – Juliet Chun, AIA, as quoted in BWWC.

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What’s Next? The Architect’s Newspaper Checks in with LWA for Updates on Mass Timber Projects

The Architect’s Newspaper Digital Issue – Mass Timber 2023

Five of our recent Mass Timber projects, Williams College Davis Center, Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool, Cornell University Ann S. Bower College of Computing and Information Science, and Conservation Legacy Center have been featured in The Architect’s Newspaper Digital Issue Mass Timber 2023.

“[…] In recent decades, the team has been focused on expanding their knowledge and understanding of mass timber as an architectural material. Five recent projects featured here have taken timber and wood products to new heights for a variety of programs, from affordable housing to an ivy league college campus.” – The Architect’s Newspaper

See Digital Feature Here: https://issuu.com/archpaper/docs/an_1023_timber_issue

Harvard District Energy Facility Receives AIA New England Architecture 2023 Honor Award

We are excited to announce that Harvard District Energy Facility has received the AIA New England Architecture Honor Award for the institutional/Commercial category!


“The American Institute of Architects has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. The New England Design Awards program celebrates architects from, and architecture in, New England.” – AIA New England Architecture

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Principals Andrea Leers, FAIA and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA Distinguished Honorees for 2023 Women in Architecture Awards

This past Friday, October 27th, we celebrated LWA Co-Founders and Principals Andrea Leers, FAIA, and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, as 2023 honorees at the Architectural Record Women in Architecture Awards in New York City.


“The awards program, the only one of its kind in the U.S., shines a spotlight on the increasingly significant contributions of women design leaders, across generations and specialties. The annual awards ceremony not only acknowledges outstanding achievement but serves as inspiration to younger architects moving up in the field. In addition to honoring the 2023 recipients, this year’s event will also celebrate the 50+ design leaders who have been recognized since the program’s launch.” – Architectural Record


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Principal Ashley Rao, LEED AP, CPHC, Panelist at The Plan Perspective, “PATHWAYS TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE” Panel Discussion

Join Principal Ashley Rao AIA, LEED AP, CPHC, at The Plan Perspective, October 26th in New York City! Ashley is a panelist for “PATHWAYS TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE” panel discussion.


“Perspective USA is a one-of-a-kind forum on Architecture and Interior Design, organized by the international architecture magazine THE PLAN, launched in 2013 and now at its 10th edition. [..] Taking advantage of the international network developed over the years by THE PLAN magazine, Perspective brings together the full range of sector operators, unfolding as a working day with a dedicated cultural program of speeches held by long-standing and up-and-coming architecture firms, interior design and engineering practices.” – Plan Perspective 


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Adohi Hall, University of Arkansas receives 2023 Chicago Athenaeum & Global Design News – Future House International Residential Award.

Adohi Hall at University of Arkansas has won an award for Future House International Residential Award for the Affordable, Social, and Community Living Housing category.

“Future House International Residential Awards arise from the convergence of residential design and architectural vision, with the aim of championing and honoring novel and inventive residential projects on a worldwide level.” – Chicago Athenaeum & Global Design News – Future House International Residential Award

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National Museum of Forest Service History Shortlisted for World Architecture News Awards

National Museum of Forest Service History has been shortlisted in the Future Education category for the World Architecture News Awards!


“The World Architecture News Awards brings together the most senior and influential professionals from across Architecture to recognize and celebrate excellence. The Awards shine a spotlight on the standout architectural projects and the amazing people and teams behind them.” – WAN

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Women’s Leadership Summit

LWA Co-Founder and Principal, Andrea Leers, FAIA, recently presented at the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit on September 13, 2023. Andrea presented on “Generations of Women-Led Design Firms and the Path to Entrepreneurship” with Ann Beha, FAIA, RAIC, Catherine Truman, AIA, LEED and Natasha Espada, AIA, NOMA, LEED.

“The profession is changing, and it’s about time. Women’s Leadership Summit, founded by AIA, exists to support and empower women on their leadership journeys and break down the barriers that get in their way. This premier event brings together the industry’s largest network of diverse women in architecture, design, and the allied building industries who are moving into leadership roles and manifesting the careers they want—all while making a difference in the world.” – The American Institute of Architects

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