Andrea Leers graduated from Wellesley College in 1964 with a B.A. in art history. In 1966, she received a master’s of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, which at the time was led by Louis Kahn, one of the great architects of the 20th century. She founded Leers Weinzapfel with her colleague, Jane Weinzapfel, in 1982. Based in Boston, the firm has garnered an international reputation for its beautiful and innovative designs.
In December 2006, Leers became the first woman owner of a practice to receive the American Institute of Architecture Firm Award, the organization’s highest honor.
Leers, who in 1995 was elected to the Colleges of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects, is also designing a number of other university projects, including the expansion and restoration of the Hasty Pudding Theater and the new Weismann Preservation Center at Harvard University. In association with Fumihiko Maki, the 1993 Laureate of the Pritzker Architectural Prize, the firm is also designing the Media Laboratory at MIT.
Leers’ other university projects have included the expansion of Josep Lluis Sert’s celebrated 1970 Science Center at Harvard and the University Pavilion at the University of Cincinnati.