Community Benefits – Boston Public Library Roslindale Branch
How a 60 year old branch library becomes a community resource

Leers Weinzapfel Associates has completely renovated the Boston Public Library’s Roslindale Branch Library for 21st century use, while respecting and restoring its signature design elements.  A spirited example of mid-century modernism, the library’s unique circular domed space and semi-circular form were the springboard for its re-invention.  A new entry façade provides accessibility and shelter marked by a colorful pattern of multi-colored terra cotta baguettes which echo the diversity of the neighborhood and the book resources within.  An intimate and protected reading garden occupies the small space between the curved volume and the busy street.  Inside the library, a semi-circular open reading space provides greater overall visibility, and a new “reading maze” housing children’s books, peaks young visitors’ curiosity. As both a “community living room” and an “information hub”, this restoration serves as a vibrant piece of the city, restoring the old structure and celebrating the new.

 “Our branch libraries are neighborhood treasures—as hubs of learning and community,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu at the library’s opening. “The Roslindale branch library renovation is a true reflection of our community…our families have this space to meet, read, learn, and play once more.” 


Learn more: https://mailchi.mp/c1cfb289c7dd/communityimpact?e=ce335e7179

LWA Hosts Summer High School Internship Program for Neighborhood Youth

In partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program we hired 2 Boston Public School students who are interested in pursuing a career in Architecture. The program is organized by the Boston PIC (Private Industry Council), who connect BIPOC students with local businesses in the design and construction industry. In our 7-week paid internship, the students are introduced to the fundamentals of architecture, exposed to various professional and academic paths possible within the architecture field, as well as the general professional development skills necessary for starting down their own path. Our internship allows these students to build up their own portfolio through independent design exercises, and to contribute to real projects by joining various design team discussions in the office. We recently visited the Boston Public Library – Roslindale Branch and used the project as a learning tool for the internship. For many years we have supported other summer programs each year for BPS high school students and other public high school students to gain exposure to architecture; one graduated from college as an artist, and another will graduate with a professional degree in architecture next year.

2022 DNA Paris Awards

DNA Paris Awards are a platform that showcases the best and brightest with their annual design contest and award. Their mission is to discover and celebrate fresh and creative designs from all around the world in Architecture, Interior, Landscape, Product, and Graphic Design.

Ohio University Chilled Water Plant #3 has won a 2022 DNA Paris Award in Infrastructure & Transportation category and Boston Public Library, Roslindale Branch has received Honorable Mention in the Refurbishment category.


See press release for Ohio University Chilled Water Plant #3 here: https://dna.paris/winner/zoom.php?eid=71-88751-22

Learn more about Ohio University Chilled Water Plant #3: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/ohio-university-chilled-water-plant-3/


See press release for BPL Roslindale Branch here: https://dna.paris/winner/zoom.php?eid=71-88800-22

Learn more about BPL Roslindale Branch here: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/roslindale-library/

World Architecture Festival Shortlists Harvard DEF and Jumping Fish Energy Park
Harvard University District Energy Facility and Jumping Fish Ecological Energy Park each have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.

The new 56,000 sf District Energy Facility (DEF) sets the stage for a state-of-the-art, cost effective, and sustainable utility generation and distribution system for Harvard’s Allston campus that also makes a significant contribution to the urban design of the campus.

The building’s compact cubic form with rounded corners allows for maximum flexibility of future development around it while maintaining a singular bold and refined presence. A wrapper of anodized aluminum metal fins forms a screen around the facility, with petal-like elements set at varying degrees of openness to reveal or conceal the various equipment areas within. The exterior fins are most open at the structure’s corner entry, and most closed on its service sides. On the public faces of the building, the fins are raised to engage the community through technology on display.

See press release for Harvard District Energy Facility here: https://www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com/entries/harvard-university-district-energy-facility/


On the southwest coast, Kaohsiung, Taiwan must expand its power plant to enable replacement of nuclear power on the island. The site for the new Regional Power Plant and Ecological Park is in an area below sea level within a system of dikes. It is set within a surrounding watery seaside wetlands landscape primarily devoted to fish-farming in a context that is relentlessly flat. The site design for the Ecological Energy Park aims to unite natural and industrial scale systems by providing a variety of spaces and programs for visitors to enjoy while also creating critical habitat for native flora and fauna.

See press release for Jumping Fish Ecological Energy Park here: https://www.worldbuildingsdirectory.com/entries/jumping-fish-ecological-energy-park/


Leers Weinzapfel Associates Receives Best of Practice Northeast Large Firm Award

We are honored to receive the Architect’s Newspaper Best of Practice, Northeast Large Firm Award.

“The Architect’s Newspaper acknowledges the work of national leaders in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry through our awards programs. Whether through the realization of captivating projects (recognized through our Best of Design Awards) or the creation of unique items (realized through our Best of Products Awards), AN supports the AEC industry as a trusted source for news, products, developments, trends, and updates.”

“With a clear focus on the cultural and historical context of each project, LWA’s body of work demonstrates that a project’s unique location should result in a building that is responsive. Not defined by style, but more so by a building’s performance, the work seems particularly adept at navigating various typologies.” —Trey Trahan


Learn more: https://www.archpaper.com/2022/07/announcing-winners-2022-best-of-practice-awards/ 

Tom Chung, Ashley Rao and Juliet Chun to lead workshop at AN Facades+
"Living Building Challenge and Beyond: Strategies for Deep Green Envelopes"

Principal Tom Chung FAIA LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate Ashley Rao AIA LEED AP, CPHC and Associate Juliet Chun AIA will be hosting a workshop “Living Building Challenge and Beyond: Strategies for Deep Green Envelopes” at The Architect’s Newspaper Facades+ Boston Conference on June 7 from 1:30EST.

Learn more and register here: https://facadesplus.com/boston/agenda/

Adohi Hall and Anonymous Hall receive 2022 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Awards

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design has announced the winners of  2022 Green GOOD DESIGN® Awards for Adohi Hall University of Arkansas and Anonymous Hall Dartmouth College. These projects were selected among 160 products and projects around the world.

“Now in turn and in 2022, GREEN GOOD DESIGN‘s goal is to bestow international recognition to those outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions – together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts-that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe.” 

Adohi Hall:

Adohi Hall, a 708-bed, 200,000sf student housing complex at the University of Arkansas, demonstrates a pioneering use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and an innovative approach to live-learn communities, with embedded arts and academic spaces. Upon its completion in August 2019, it was the largest CLT building in the US, supporting the economic potential of Arkansas’ burgeoning timber industry.

Anonymous Hall:

This project reuses and adds to a vacant library in the heart of the medical school quad, transforming it into a vibrant administrative and social center for the School of Graduate Studies and for the north campus as a whole. Located at the heart of 1960s era buildings on the school’s siloed north campus, the 32,995sf Anonymous Hall project — as well as new entrances for its surrounding buildings, a wide pedestrian bridge, and new circulation between buildings — transforms an overlooked corner of campus into a well-scaled, inviting north quad as well as an accessible, seamless link to the historic green and main campus shared with undergraduate sciences.

Learn more: www.europeanarch.eu


Principal Tom Chung served on the 2022 Wood Design & Building Awards Jury

“Wood Design & Building magazine announces the winning projects of the 38th annual Wood Design & Building Awards program. The influential awards program recognizes and celebrates the outstanding work of visionaries around the world who achieve excellence in wood architecture.

Wood Design & Building magazine and the Canadian Wood Council extend their appreciation to all participants in the 2021/22 awards program and thank both the program’s sponsors for their ongoing support, and the esteemed members of the jury for their time and expertise. The members of this year’s jury are: • Marie-Odile Marceau, Principal at McFarland Marceau Architects • Donald Chong, Design Principal at HDR • Tom Chung, Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates” – Wood Design & Building Press Release


Principal Tom Chung accepts the ACSA Mass Timber Education Prize!
Principal Tom Chung FAIA LEED AP BD+C will be accepting the ACSA Mass Timber Education Prize on May 19th at the ACSA 110th Annual Meeting Virtual Conference Empower.

Tom S. Chung, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Mass Timber has tremendous potential to address issues of climate change, disrupt outdated construction processes and create unique spaces that promote user well-being. We investigate these potentials through research and apply them in a design project. Studio travel thru New England gives students direct exposure to all major elements of Mass Timber architecture:

  • Sustainable forestry and tree harvesting
  • Softwood Lumber yard and production of laminates for Mass Timber
  • Digital fabrication technology and CNC machinery
  • Prefabrication and Assembly line optimization of building components
  • Testing & Research of Mass Timber building products
  • Exemplary works of Mass Timber architecture in New England

Studio begins with analysis of mass timber precedents, each selected for a specific creative approach. This exercise equips the studio with a wide catalog of references for inspiration and approach to mass timber design, tectonics, details, construction and spatial quality. Students are then tasked with “inventing” their own mass timber panel, beyond available products such as CLT, NLT, DLT & MPP to investigate mass timber’s architectural and structural potential regarding material reuse, efficiency, systems integration and aesthetics & spatial quality. Studio culminates in a semester long design project, a synthesis of their research, analysis and explorations of mass timber.