Taking the Lead in Academic CLT Design/Construction in the U.S.
Two LWA Mass Timber projects featured in Architect’s Newspaper

Architect’s Newspaper’s “It’s all Wood, Man” January edition featured LWA projects, the UMass Amherst Design Building and Stadium Drive Residence Halls at University of Arkansas. “It’s all Wood, Man” maps out the leaders of the industry in research and development of Mas Timber across the United States, listing two LWA projects, UMass Design Building and Stadium Drive Residence Halls. Being listed twice amongst a select number of architecture firms, suggests that LWA as a clear leader in academic CLT design and construction.


Read feature here: https://archpaper.com/2019/01/january2019/

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. 




Girl UnInterrupted Publishes Data for Four More Cities

Girl UnInterrupted, an equity initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between young female designers and leaders in the architecture field, recently posted survey results to four more cities; New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Check out the results here: https://www.girluninterruptedproject.com/survey/

Architect Magazine featured the publication. See feature here: https://www.architectmagazine.com/practice/girl-uninterrupted-project-releases-initial-survey-results_o

Leers Weinzapfel Architects included in the 2018 ARCHITECT 50
For the fifth year in a row, Leers Weinzapfel Associates has been recognized by ARCHITECT Magazine as one of the Top 50 firms for design in the U.S. as part of the 2018 ARCHITECT 50 list.

The annual ARCHITECT 50 program ranks the best architecture firms in the U.S. based on design excellence, sustainability, and business performance.

This year Leers Weinzapfel Associates was ranked 35th Overall, 80 in business, 18 in sustainability and 72 in design.  To view the full list, click here.

ARCHITECT magazine is the official publication of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


Leers Weinzapfel Associates receives AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Award
Leers Weinzapfel Associates recently received The 2018 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Award in the small firms category.

This award is given to firms that have a commitment to the advancement of emerging professionals and dedication to fostering growth both personal and professional. To learn more about the award and to see the list of winning firms, visit: http://aianewengland.org/ep-friendly-firm-awards/

John W. Olver Design Building recognized as New England’s New Kid on the Block

The Architects Newspaper’s recent article “What is New England architecture?”, praises the John W. Olver Design Building as the “most encouraging new project”, through its clear sense of identity and embodiment of the spirit of New England.

Author, William Morgan, emphasizes that in order to capture the spirit of New England, there needs to be a “direct correlation between realizing a quality work of art and understanding the region’s history of wresting a hard-won life from the granite earth.” Morgan continues, noting that the Design Building, through its balance of dynamic design and connection to place, is “a bold homegrown achievement”.


Read more here.

Wentworth’s New Multi-Purpose Academic Building: A Showcase for the Evolution of Teaching
Leers Weinzapfel’s latest project, Wentworth’s New Multi-Purpose Academic Building, was recently featured in WMUR’s article “As Wentworth’s New Building Goes Up, Students’ Understanding of Construction Does, Too”, for its role in being a tangible educational tool for their students, as the building is in construction.

WMUR notes that Wentworth students have the opportunity to participate in a summer co-op, allowing for a hands-on learning experience, promoting the “intangible made tangible” in construction education. This new building has a dynamic duality for the students of Wentworth, by being an interactive opportunity for them to work on site, as well as becoming the future academic space for their fields of study. President of Wentworth, Zorica Pantic, continues by saying that this sort of project is what draws prospective students to the institute. Ultimately, the New Multi-Purpose Academic Building will be a showcase for the evolution of teaching from engineering technology to engineering and innovation programs.


Read the full article here.

“Welcoming the West: Japan’s Grand Resort Hotels” Receives Architectural Record Review

The latest book by Principal Andrea Leers, “Welcoming the West: Japan’s Grand Resort Hotels”, was recently reviewed in Architectural Record. Focusing on the history and design of six grand resort hotels: the Nara, the Fujiya, the Nikko Kanaya, the Fuji View, the Biwako, and the Gamagori, this book examines the pivotal moment when Japan’s architectural traditions were latent with change and possibility. The Architectural Review describes it as “an important addition to the study of the country’s architecture”. The full article can be seen here.


To learn more or purchase the book, visit: https://www.jovis.de/en/books/details/product/welcoming_the_west.html

Girl Uninterrupted presents at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018
Zhanina Boyadzhieva, Assoc. AIA, and Juliet Chun, Assoc. AIA, founders of Girl UNinterrupted, a project that seeks to bridge the gap between young female designers and leaders in the architecture field, had the opportunity to present their Boston based equity survey findings and launch their tips manual at the AIA Conference.

Girl UNinterupted’s mission is to create a more equitable work culture in the design profession. Their recently debuted manual provides data analysis of Boston survey findings and tips on transparency and work collaboratively towards a more equitable practice of architecture. It contains 3 phases of research: 1) Boston Designers Data Survey Analysis 2) Conversation Series 3) Action Tips to Emerging Professionals and Leaders. Read more about the project in recent article by ArchNewsNow here.

To learn more, visit their website here