How do you spend your Friday evening? Do you join those who pack NYC’s cultural institutions like sardines or those crowds over populating film theaters? When the Center for Architecture, one of the City’s premier cultural institutions, hosts a pair of NYC’s most interesting and provocatively creative thinkers, it will certainly lift your spirits.
This series of dialogues about design pairs a notable architect with a recognized critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture and other design issues. Since you shouldn’t start Friday night without an adequate drink, we’ll provide a custom-crafted cocktails inspired by the architect’s work and created in-situ for this event. Join us in growing the tradition of “Delight Night” in New York's weekend cultural scene—no Blight Night here.
Andrea Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Susan Szenasy, Hon. AIANY, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, METROPOLIS Magazine
Andrea Leers' approach to architecture was shaped by two early experiences - her studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts, then led by Louis I. Kahn, after her degree from Wellesley College, and her year in Japan as an NEA-Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Fellow. When she and Jane Weinzapfel met in their internship years, they discovered they shared values and the desire to establish a firm with the goal of creating a bold and refined architecture for the public realm. Dedicated to seeking cross-cultural connections, Leers is an internationally recognized leader in urban and campus design, and building for higher education. She is equally known for her expertise in the design of award-winning courthouses.
In parallel with her practice, Leers has had a continuous teaching career. She is former Director of the Master in Urban Design Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was Adjunct Professor in Architecture and Urban Design. Her previous appointments were at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Virginia. Internationally she has taught at Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, and the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Leers was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and she lectures and participates in symposia and design juries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
She currently serves on the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service National Register of Peer Professionals, is a Commissioner for the Mayor’s Boston Civic Design Commission, and is a member of the University of Washington Architectural Commission. She is a former member of the President’s Visiting Committee for MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, and is a former member of the State Department Architectural Advisory Committee. Leers’ work has earned her the lifetime achievement recognition of the Boston Society of Architects Award of Honor.
Jane Weinzapfel, a native of Tucson, Arizona and distinguished alumna of the University of Arizona, came to the Boston area shortly after her studies. While working as an intern architect, she met Andrea Leers, and after several years with a large architecture and planning firm, they founded Leers Weinzapfel Associates together. Weinzapfel is a design leader in campus academic facilities and campus design in general, and has a special expertise in award-winning infrastructure and transportation design. Dedicated to the craft and technology of design, she has led many of the firm’s investigations of new materials and systems.
Weinzapfel has been a visiting faculty member at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and at the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where she was on the Dean’s Advisory Committee. In 2002 she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. She lectures and participates on design juries widely throughout the United States, Italy, and the Middle East. She has been a Design Critic and Lecturer at several universities in the U.S. and abroad.
Weinzapfel’s work and achievements have been recognized with the Boston Society of Architects Award of Honor. She was a past president of the Boston Society of Architects and a board member of AIA Massachusetts. She is a Board of Overseers member and former Trustee of the Boston Architectural College and is a Trustee and Former Board Chair of Boston by Foot, and she was an advisor to the CultureNOW program in Boston. She has served on the Mayor’s Boston Transportation Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Government Center Plaza Task Force in Boston, MA. Weinzapfel also served on the Massachusetts Executive Office of Community Development Designer Selection Board.