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/

Ashley Rao AIA and Benjamin Wilcox AIA promoted to Associate

Ashley Rao is an enthusiastic and enormously capable design leader.  Her strong communication skills give her the unique ability to both coordinate complex projects within the design/consultant team and to relay project goals and design concepts to the client and general public. Ashley is a graduate of Harvard University with a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. With prior experience at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven, CT,  Ashley is passionate about creating vibrant, sustainable buildings and urban environments, speaking nationally at seminars and on webinars about mass timber design.

Ben Wilcox joined Leers Weinzapfel in 2007 and has been a pivotal member of the design team with a special emphasis on construction and with a follow through in the field.  Within the firm, Ben is a leader in the quality control review process as well as mentoring young staff in building detailing, coordination, and project delivery. Prior to joining Leers Weinzapfel Associates Ben worked as an Assistant Civil Engineer, an Assistant Project Manager, and a Construction Operations Assistant.



Principal Andrea Leers, FAIA  Named Chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission

In 1986, the Commission was established to insure that the architecture and urban design of new projects in the City of Boston have a positive impact on the public realm.  In cooperation with the Boston Planning and Development Authority but independent of it, the work of the Commission is advisory, not legally binding.  Rather it is the best advice of a group of volunteer highly respected peers whose sole interest is in preserving the design qualities of the city they love, and embracing the future in ways that will continue to make the city beautiful, liveable, sustainable, and just.


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