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

John W. Olver Design Building wins American Architecture Award in Schools and Universities
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design recently awarded The John W. Olver Design Building the 2018 American Architecture Award® in the category of School and Universities.

Leers Weinzapfel Associates was awarded, amongst other American architects in the U.S. and abroad and international architects, for best new buildings designed and built in the United States. The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design notes, the 100 buildings chosen for this award “pay tribute to the new developments in design and underscores the directions and understanding of current cutting-edge processes consistent with today’s design thinking”. Read more here.

Leers Weinzapfel Associates Wins 2nd Place in Hsinta Ecological Power Plant Competition

Out of five finalists announced in January, Leers Weinzapfel Associates placed second for their design of the Hsinta Ecological Power Plant in Taiwan. The project is part of the Taiwan Power Company’s objective to update the country’s current electricity supply system and to realize nuclear-free homes by the year 2025. The “Hista Plan” addresses the need to decommission and replace existing power generation facilities with gas combined-cycle units, boosts green energy production, and reduces CO2 emission and pollution, among other sustainability objectives.

The competition team included Ground; ecoscope; and SMALL

Watch a video of Leers Weinzapfel’s design here, more information here.

Tom Chung Keynote Speaker in Maine Wood Conference

Tom Chung, Principal, was the Keynote speaker at the Maine Wood + Sustainability Conference in Portland, ME on May 9th.  Tom presented a case study on the award-winning University of Massachusetts-Amherst John W. Olver Design Building and stressed why timber is so important right now for buildings and what Maine’s role is in that importance.

The conference aimed to explore the opportunities and challenges of creating a more sustainable Maine wood-based economy and discussed best practices on how to create a more sustainable built environment by using wood products.

AIA Maine, Passivhaus Maine, and Local Wood WORKS have partnered to bring architects, engineers, wood products manufacturers, builders and policy makers together to learn, discuss, and find ways to work together to keep Maine at the forefront of these new opportunities.

Book Talk: Welcoming the West with Andrea Leers FAIA

Join Andrea Leers on May 30th at the BSA Space where she will share her study of and reflections on the commingling of Japan’s architectural traditions and Western hotel influences.

Andrea’s new book, Welcoming the West: Japan’s Grand Resort Hotels, focuses on the history and design of six of Japan’s grand resort hotels: the Nara, the Fujiya, the Nikko Kanaya, the Fuji View, the Biwako, and the Gamagori.

Following Andrea’s comments, a reception with light refreshments will take place, and books will be available for purchase.  Details below:


May 30, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Trendspotting: Welcome to the Ever-Trending World of Mass Timber

School Construction News featured the University of Arkansas Stadium Drive Residence Halls in their April issue.

“The desire to use mass timber was fundamental from the inception of the project to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, to create a warm and inviting living environment, and to support the statewide agenda for forestry development,” said Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, principal at Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates, which led a national design collaborative that also included Modus Studio (Fayetteville, Ark.), Mackey Mitchell Architects (St. Louis) and OLIN (Philadelphia).

Read the full article here.