Thomas Leeser

Thomas Leeser is internationally known for his iconic architectural designs at all scales. As principal of his own firm for the past 25 years, his passion for the fusion of emerging technologies and architecture has driven many of the firm's award-winning designs. Leeser's commitment to architecture extends beyond practicing in the field. For the past 25 years, he has been an architecture professor at nine different universities. He is currently teaching at Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, and Pratt Institute. In his teaching and professional work, he explores his commitment to innovation and the advancement of the field of architecture. Leeser specializes in museums, theaters, broadcast, and educational facilities. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York and received his master of architecture degree from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany.

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4101/4102/5101 B.Arch. Design StudioAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Municipal Art Society of New York, Masterworks Award for Neighborhood Catalyst, Strand Theater Renovation (2014)
  • Red Dot Design Award for Architecture and Urban Planning, Museum of the Moving Image, New York City (2013)
  • Public Design Commission of the City of New York, Award for Excellence in Design, Museum of the Moving Image, New York City (2011)
  • Public Design Commission of the City of New York, Award for Excellence in Design, Strand Theater Renovation, New York City (2010)
  • First Price International Competition Tri-Climatic Biosphere, Abu Dhabi (2010)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Venice Architecture Biennale (2014)
  • Venice Architecture Biennale (2008)
  • Architecture of Navigation, New York City and Melbourne, Australia (2001)

Publications (Selected)

  • Chora L Works: Jaques Derrida and Peter Eisenman (Monacelli Press, 1997)
  • The Architecture of Navigation, Incomplete Awakening (RMIT University Press, 2001)