Andrea Leers is principal and co-founder with Jane Weinzapfel, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, a Boston based practice and 2007 AIA Firm Award winner.
Andrea is a recognized design leader in campus planning, site development and academic design. Her current projects include the new Carolina North campus development and a new interdisciplinary research building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as projects in France. She has led the design of numerous award-winning facilities for higher education clients including three recent projects at Harvard University. She is also an international leader in courthouse design including many award-winning federal courthouses and state district courts.
Andrea holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Wellesley College, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. She is former Director of the Master in Urban Design Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Urban Design from 2001 to 2011. Previously she taught at Yale University’s School of Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 2007 Andrea was invited to be Chaire des Amériques at the Sorbonne (Université de Paris). In 1997, she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and her several national grants include a NEA/Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Design Arts Fellowship in 1982. Andrea’s work has earned her the lifetime achievement recognition of the Boston Society of Architects Award of Honor. She lectures widely throughout the United States and abroad. Andrea was co-organizer of “The Architecture of the Courthouse: A Franco-American Perspective 1991-2006”, a conference held in Paris in 2009, sponsored by Harvard and the Sorbonne.
Andrea is a member of the Mayor’s Boston Civic Design Commission, the President’s Visiting Committee for MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, and the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service National Register of Peer Professionals.
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