Made to Measure

The Architecture of Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Andrea Leers, Jane Weinzapfel, Josiah Stevenson, Joe Pryse


     9 × 11 in (22.9 × 27.9 cm)
176 pages
213 color illustrations, 18 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 5/23/2011
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568989570

Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates' deeply rooted interest in the aesthetic, cultural, and civic power of architecture has resulted in a portfolio of stunningly tailored buildings fitted to their specific set of conditions, and conveying both conceptual consistency and individual character. Made to Measure, the firm's first monograph, captures the handcrafted spirit of their work. The practice has built a reputation for its ability to meet extraordinary building challenges with uncommon design clarity, elegance, and refinement. They approach highly constrained and technically demanding design problems with a clear set of modernist core principles, a passion for material and detail exploration, and a desire to create meaningful places for social interaction.

Andrea Leers received the Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, then led by Louis I. Kahn. With her former husband Hugh Browning, Leers began independent practice in the Boston area in 1970. When they separated in 1978, she continued and expanded the practice, with unusual infrastructure projects at a time when women principals were extremely rare. In 1982 she and Jane Weinzapfel founded Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston, Massachusetts. They have been friends and partners for more than forty years.

Leers is also the director of urban design and an adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she has taught since 1975. She has also taught at Yale University School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, and Tokyo Institute of Technology Department of Architecture. In 1997 she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Jane Weinzapfel received a bachelor of architecture from the University of Arizona School of Architecture. She has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning and has been a visiting critic at the University of Arizona School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Weinzapfel is the former director of the Women's Transportation Seminar; has served on the Mayor's Transportation Advisory Commission for the City of Boston, and the Mayor's Task Force on Government Center Plaza; and was twice the director of the Boston Society of Architects. In 2002 she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Josiah Stevenson lived in Japan for five years during his adolescence and graduated from the American School in Japan, an English speaking high school in Tokyo. His travels throughout Japan helped form his interest in the minimalism of Japanese architecture and its relationship to nature. He received a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College and a masters of architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Stevenson joined joined Leers Weinzapfel Associates in 1986 and became a principal in 1998. He has developed expertise in athletic, recreation, and campus life facilities with many of his designs winning local and regional awards. He is also LEED certified and is a firm leader in sustainable design.

Joe Pryse received a bachelor of architecture from the University of Kentucky and a master of architecture from the University of Virginia. Pryse joined Leers Weinzapfel Associates in 1989 and became a principal in 1998. He has special interest and extensive experience in projects involving addition and renovation, and his graduate studies and research have focused on the joining of new elements to existing buildings. Pryse has taught at the University of Virginia, the Boston Architectural Center, and the University of Kentucky Summer Program.

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