James Leng
Boghosian Fellow 2018-2019

M.Arch, Harvard Graduate School of Design; B.Arch, University of California, Berkeley

In his role as Boghosian Fellow, Leng teaches a fall research seminar, a Visiting Critics (VC) studio, and production-based professional elective in the spring.

Before joining Syracuse University, Leng was a lecturer in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Architecture, awarded annually to recognize immigrants who have made a significant contribution to American society through their extraordinary achievements in the arts and humanities. Leng was born in China and moved to the United States when he was nine years old.

Previously, Leng worked for four years as an associate architect at Michael Maltzan in Los Angeles, for one year as a junior architect at UN Studio in Amsterdam and was selected as the Peter Rice Fellow at the Renzo Piano Workshop in Paris. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the SOM Prize in Architecture, Design and Urban Design, a $50,000 travel and research fellowship. Leng also received the James Templeton Kelly Prize, awarded to the Best Thesis in Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he completed his Master of Architecture degree in 2013 (with commendation, advanced placement). He earned his Bachelor of Architecture (with honors) at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.

Leng’s research will build on his extensive travel to industrial and former industrial building sites around the world. Like the two previous Boghosian Fellows, Leng will work closely not only with faculty and students at the School of Architecture, but also with faculty at other schools.

“I’m delighted to be entering an outstanding community of established educators and young practitioners at the forefront of architecture, design and research, says Leng. “I am also excited to collaborate with other scholars, designers and writers at Syracuse. Perhaps most importantly, I am looking forward to working with the students at Syracuse, among the most celebrated architecture schools in the country. Working with faculty, staff and students at the school, and indeed, at the University, will sharpen my own ambition and bring depth to my work.”