We believe every building + space has its own story to tell ...a unique experience that we discover in collaboration with our clients.
Since 1989, as principal of his own firm—LEESER Architecture—German-born architect Thomas Leeser has achieved worldwide recognition for his influential, innovative designs. His interest in challenging the conventional notions of architecture with the use of new technologies and radical design, integrated with the contemporary cultural, social, and technological context produces rich architectural spaces, new programmatic relationships and beautifully simple organizations.
As the winner of numerous awards including the internationally acclaimed Red Dot Design Award 2013 and New York City’s 2011 and 2010 Public Design Commission Award, LEESER Architecture is internationally sought after for its reputation of creating innovative, cutting-edge architectural design solutions.
Current projects that showcase our design capabilities are Brooklyn’s new arts and education center, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Cultural District, a 2.7 million square foot mixed use neighborhood positioned to be Asia’s leading retail and entertainment hub in Thailand and a 100,000+ square foot tri-climatic biosphere for the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Named “the finest recent American example of radical design” by the Wall Street Journal, LEESER Architecture’s recent design for the Museum of the Moving Image is yet another example of our ability to produce iconic architectural designs.
The success of LEESER’s projects is the result of a positive and well structured collaboration between client, design team and consultant team. We collaborate closely with our clients to identify the unique opportunities of their project, enabling us to develop a deep understanding of their design and programmatic challenges and to propose solutions that are specific to their needs. We bring to each project our extensive experience in the integration of technology within cultural and educational spaces.
Thomas Leeser is internationally known for his iconic architectural designs at all scales. As principal of his own firm for the past twenty five years, his passion for the fusion of emerging technologies and architecture has driven many of the firm’s award winning designs. Thomas’s commitment to architecture extends beyond practicing in the field. For the past twenty five 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, Thomas explores his commitment to innovation and the advancement of the field of architecture. Thomas specializes in museums, theaters, broadcast and educational facilities.
Simon Arnold was born and educated in England. He worked at Fox Linton Associates in London before moving to the United States, where he has worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Diller+Scofidio and Renfro. During his three years at SOM, Mr. Arnold worked on 7 World Trade Center, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Solow 9 West 57th Street, and Davis and Partners Residential at 60 East 55th Street. Mr. Arnold is currently project manager for the Staten Island Zoo Aquarium, a 110,000 sf Brooklyn Hotel Development, and a 280,000 sf Brooklyn Residential Development. Mr. Arnold specializes in residential, hotel and cultural facilities.
Sofia Castricone joined Leeser Architecture from Keenen/Riley Architecture in New York, where she was involved with retail, residential, and museum projects. With Leeser Architecture, Ms. Castricone has focused most of her time on cultural projects, notably the Museum of the Moving Image and BRIC Arts | Media House. She is currently playing a key role in the Construction Administration phase of the BRIC Arts | Media House and UrbanGlass construction and renovation. Ms. Castricone specializes in cultural and educational facilities.