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Thomas Leslie

Full Adjunct Professor


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

515-294-8460Email Thomas Leslie


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
B.S. in Architecture (with high honors)
Edward Long Scholarship for Integration of Art and Architecture, 1989
Society of Architectural Historians Award, 1989

Columbia University (New York City, NY)
M.S. in Architecture
Graduation School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Annual History/Theory Award, 1992

Research Interests

My practice-based approach to architectural history seeks to explain how technical, economic, political, and social factors influence design and construction.  This counters traditional biographical or stylistic narratives by arguing for the importance of buildings as technical objects, and it makes connections between architecture and construction to broader contexts—economic, industrial, and labor histories, in particular.  It has also drawn connections between seemingly disparate periods and figures, showing how similar processes of experimentation and negotiation have informed 19th century skyscrapers, postwar concrete shells,

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