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Leslie Kanes Weisman

Leslie Kanes Weisman is Emerita Professor and former Associate Dean of the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology which she joined as a founding faculty member in 1975. She has also held appointments in architecture, planning, and women’s studies as Visiting Scholar at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the George A. Miller Endowment Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College, and the University of Detroit. Included in her pioneering work in design education is the co-founding of Sheltering Ourselves: A Women’s Learning Exchange, an international educational forum on housing and economic development for low-income women and their families, on-going since 1987, and The Women’s School of Planning and Architecture (1974-1981), a national summer program for women in the environmental design professions and trades.

Professor Weisman served on the National Architectural Accrediting Board Schools Visitation Teams, and is currently a member of the professional advisory panel for the Rehabilitation, Engineering and Research Center at the University of Buffalo, and the Access to the Design Professions Strategic Planning Task Force. She has also served as an expert panelist on universal design for the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been a juror on several international universal design competitions, including the “Excellence in Design: Great Places Fit For People Awards Program” (2003) sponsored by the Adaptive Environments Center. Her extensive work in universal design education is published on the Universal Design Education website (www.udeducation.org). She has received numerous awards for public service and teaching excellence, including the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture National Creative Achievement Award for her sustained body of work in multiculturalism and service learning.

Professor Weisman is a member of the founding advisory boards of Diversity in Design: The Journal of Inclusive Design Education; Design Matters, the first internet catalog of outstanding affordable housing design; and Architectural Theory Review, an international peer reviewed journal. She is the author of Discrimination by Design: A Feminist Critique of the Man-Made Environment, selected as “One of the Best Academic Books of 1993,” as “An Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights in the United States” in 1994, and published in a Chinese language edition in 1997. She is co-editor of The Sex of Architecture, which received an American Institute of Architects International Book Publishing Award for Excellence in Design Theory in 1997, and has published more than 50 other texts that include book chapters, scholarly papers, articles, and book reviews. Her work has been widely discussed and cited in newspapers, magazines and journals such as The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Daily Telegraph, Harvard Design Magazine, Architecture, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Interiors & Sources, The Stanford Law Review, Women’s Studies International Forum, Places-A Quarterly Journal of Environmental Design, Urban Geography, and The Journals of Architectural Education, Architectural and Planning Research, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the American Planning Association.

A sought-after speaker, she frequently delivers keynote addresses and featured speeches at professional conferences, and guest lectures at universities throughout North America, South America, Great Britain, Europe, and Australia. Her current public sector work includes appointments to the Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals and the Affordable Housing Advisory Commission. For forty years, Leslie Kanes Weisman has dedicated herself to defining and solving the social problems that plague society through socially responsible architectural education and community activism. Her teaching and scholarship offer insight as to how educators, design professionals, and concerned citizens can contribute to the making of a better most just society through reshaping the built and planned environment to foster relationships of human equity and environmental health and wholeness.