Spitzer’s New Department Chair

Associate Professor Sean Weiss is the new chair of the Department of Architecture at CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture. He began his three-year term on July 1, succeeding Professor June Williamson.

As Dean Gutman stated in the spring, “I extend my appreciation to Sean Weiss for standing for election as chair of the Department of Architecture (an election that was affirmed unanimously by the faculty), and to Associate Professor Fran Leadon for volunteering to serve as deputy chair. Sean and Fran, I look forward to fruitful exchange and collaboration as we work together to make Spitzer an even better architecture school than it already is.”

Sean Weiss (@seanweissarchhistorian) is an architectural and urban historian. He received a BA from Vassar College and a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He co-edited and contributed an essay to the March 2020 special section of the Journal of Urban History on the materiality of images in urban planning. His additional essays and reviews have appeared in Technology and Culture, Log, and the 2019 edited volume, Non-Standard Architectural Productions: Between Aesthetic Experience and Social Action. His book and exhibition reviews have appeared in, Casabella, JAE, and JSAH.

Fran Leadon has been a full-time member of Spitzer’s faculty since 2000. He received a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and has contributed to many publications that focus on the New York vernacular. He is the author of Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles (W. W. Norton, 2018) and coauthor of the AIA Guide to New York City (Oxford, 2010), and he wrote the introduction to the new edition of Bricks and Brownstone (Rizzoli, 2019).