ArchDaily | “Architecture Making is Like the Unveiling of a Surprise”: In Conversation with Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Principals Andrea Leers FAIA, Jane Weinzapfel FAIA, Josiah Stevenson, FAIA LEED BD+C, and Tom Chung, AIA, LEED BD+C in recent ArchDaily interview with Vladimir Belogolovsky.

“Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates was founded by two women, Andrea Leers and Jane Weinzapfel, in 1982, later joined by a next generation of partners, Josiah Stevenson, and Tom Chung. The majority of their work is done on university campuses across America, but this can hardly be identified as the firm’s focus, as campuses are actually cities in miniature, containing nearly every building type imaginable. The point of difference, however, is that campus buildings are generally designed with more idealism than projects in our chaotic cities and mundane suburbs.

The firm now numbers 30 architects—just enough staff to do the kind of work they like doing, but not exceeding the size of a familial creative studio where everyone knows each other well. It received the 2007 AIA Architecture Firm Award for their numerous complex projects, distinguished by memorable forms and expressive detailing. The following conversation with the firm’s four principals took place in their office in Boston. We discussed their aspirations, values, dreams, and why architects must be optimistic…all the time.”

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Principal Tom Chung and Associate Ashley Rao at TIMBER+ Regional Industry Forum
Leers Weinzapfel Associates Principal Tom Chung and Associate Ashley Rao discuss their work on University of Arkansas Stadium Drive Residence Halls at the TIMBER+ Regional Industry Forum.

TIMBER+ is a recurring forum of regional timber design and construction professionals for knowledge sharing and to discuss the advancement of mass timber building industry in the US and the Northeast. At the April 9th forum, Tom Chung and Ashley Rao two discussed their work at the University of Arkansas, Nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence hall.

Learn more about Leers Weinzapfel Associates Mass Timber Research here: https://www.lwa-architects.com/engineered-timber/

Nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence hall ready for occupancy in the Fall of 2019
“The interwoven building and landscaped courtyards, terraces, and lawns; the beauty of timber structure and spaces; and the excitement of performing arts and workshop facilities will make this newest campus residential community a destination and a magnet,”
- Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Leers Weinzapfel Associates leads a design collaborative which includes Modus Studio (Fayetteville, AR), Mackey Mitchell Architects (St. Louis), and OLIN (Philadelphia) for the 708 bed Stadium Drive Residence Hall project at the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville. Crafted with a palette of timber, glass, and metal, it is a bold demonstration of sustainability that signifies a path to potential economic development for Arkansas’s burgeoning timber industry.

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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).