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Stephen Leet

Stephen Leet teaches architectural design studios and history/theory seminars on architecture, film, and photography. Following undergraduate studies in art at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Architecture. Prior to teaching at Washington University, he held teaching positions at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury and Parson School of Design.

As an architect, he has worked in several New York City firms, including I.M. Pei & Partners, and in private practice as a partner of Bower Leet Architects in New York, and in St. Louis as a partner in the firm 8K A+D. His architectural work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has received local, national, and international design awards from the AIA St. Louis, NYAIA, and ID Magazine. Grants and fellowships for his work and research include the Graham Foundation, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Italian Cultural Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Fellowship for the Arts, AIA St. Louis, and Luceplan s.p.a. Milan.

Leet has curated and designed numerous exhibits on architecture, art, photography, and industrial design, including the work of architects Franco Albini, Harris Armstrong, Jose Antonio Coderch, Charles Eames, Erich Mendelsohn, and Giuseppe Pagano, and industrial designers Paolo Rizzatto and Alberto Meda. His curated exhibits have traveled to venues throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, and England.

He is the author of Franco Albini: Architecture and Design 1934-1977 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1990), Le Forme Della Ragione: Marco Albini, Franca Helg, Antonio Piva, architetture e design 1980-1995 (Marsilio, 1995), and Richard Neutra’s Miller House (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004).

Work by Stephen Leet

Six images arranged to fit proportionally in two rows in various color tones showing the process of design for the garage project


Garage, St. Louis. Bower Leet Design, St. Louis AIA Design Award 2011
A photomontage running along the ceiling set between columns and ceiling light fixtures

“Art and Food”

Photomontage installation, Parigi restaurant, St. Louis
Photograph of twenty one white-colored-framed drawings

Wax Drawings on Paper

Wax drawings on paper
Five photographs taken from various curated exhibitions

Exhibition Designs

Photographs of exhibit designs from: “New Architecture in St. Louis”, “Franco Albini, Architecture and Design”, “Constructing Light”, and “Architect of Form and Spirit: Eric Mendelsohn in St. Louis”
Series of photographs of pieces taken from the "Red" curated and designed exhibition


“Red” – exhibit design and curator, Kemper Art Museum, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis
A series of twenty-five photomontages