Leers Weinzapfel Associates

2007 American Institute of Architects – Architecture Firm Award
2017 The Wall Street Journal Best of Architecture –
John W. Olver Design Building, UMass Amherst
2017 world-architects U.S. Building of the Year –
John W. Olver Design Building, UMass Amherst



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UMass Amherst DB Zipper Trusses – March 2017

*reprinted in the reThinkWood Innovative Detail Section – December 2017


This Week in Tech: New England Gets Its Largest Modern Wood Structure – April 2017


ARCHITECTChats Podcast: Timber on the Rise – September 2017



lead and develop a powerful publicity campaign for the completion of the nation’s first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) academic building with project consultants and university stakeholders, supporting the firm’s timber design commission aspirations



nearly 40 print and online features, news articles, webinars, and podcasts have resulted to date, providing compelling marketing tools for project proposals, presentations/lectures, website posts, and social media content

“Debra is a consummate professional and an excellent marketing communications partner who gains effective exposure for our firm. Positive and tenacious, she is a team player who represents us with creativity and integrity.”
—Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, Principal



Photos: The John W. Olver Design Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences ©Albert Vecerka/Esto