Thomas Leslie, FAIA

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Thomas Leslie, FAIA is the Morrill Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Professor Leslie has taught building design, history, and technology at Iowa State University since 2000.  He has degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University.  Prior to teaching he spent seven years with Norman Foster and Partners, London. Leslie is the author of Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science (Braziller, 2005), Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934 (University of Illinois, 2013), and Beauty’s Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi (University of Illinois, 2017). In 2013-2014, Leslie was the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation at the American Academy in Rome, and in 2018 he was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to architectural education and research.  His current project, a history of postwar skyscraper construction in Chicago, is scheduled for publication in 2022.