Ted Landsmark

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Theodore Landsmark
Born (1946-05-17) May 17, 1946 (age 72)
Kansas City
Alma mater Yale College B.A., Yale School of Architecture M.Env.D., Yale Law School J.D., Boston University, Ph.D.
Occupation University president, lawyer

Theodore "Ted" Carlisle Landsmark (born May 17, 1946; Theodore Augustus Burrell) is an educator, attorney and architect. He is Director of the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. He served as the President of Boston Architectural College (BAC) from 1997 to 2014, as Chief Academic Officer at the American College of the Building Arts in 2015 - 2017, and was previously the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at the Massachusetts College of Art. He also served as the Director of Boston's Office of Community Partnerships.

Landsmark has received fellowships from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the National Science Foundation, and he served on the editorial board for Architecture Boston. Landsmark has also served as a trustee to numerous arts-related organizations including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Fund for the Arts at the New England Foundation for the Arts, Historic New England, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. He has undertaken research into early African American artisanry. He is widely recognized as an important advocate of diversity and of the African American cause in schools of architecture. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and also serves on the organization's Executive Board.[1]

Landsmark earned B.A., M.E.D.[2] and J.D. degrees from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Boston University.[3][4]

In 2006 he received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects in recognition for his efforts as a social activist.[5]

In 2014, Landsmark was named to the Board of Directors of the Boston Redevelopment Authority [Boston Planning and Development Agency] by Mayor Marty Walsh.[6]

Involvement in busing movement[edit]

In the 1970s, Landsmark was working in Boston as a civil rights attorney and advocate. Up until the violent assault from anti-busing activists and protestors, including Jim Kelly who is seen in the photograph The Soiling of Old Glory, Landsmark was involved primarily with trying to get more minority contractors into the construction industry.[7] He had not been paying much attention to the busing situation.[7] It was only after the incident and sustaining injuries that Landsmark became involved in the city's conflict over busing as part of desegregation of the public schools.[7]

Aftermath of The Soiling of Old Glory[edit]

Landsmark was a subject of the photograph The Soiling of Old Glory, taken by Stanley Forman, that won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. The photograph raised public ire against anti-busing supporters through its depiction of a supporter appearing to weaponize the American flag in support of his cause.[8]

The day after the incident in Boston that yielded the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph, Landsmark received numerous calls about the incident and prints of the photo were sent to him.[9] He used the attention that he received to increase awareness of the racial unrest in Boston and spoke at local churches and schools. He was later hired by Mayor Ray Flynn to improve youth and workforce development in the city of Boston.


  1. ^ "Design Futures Council Senior Fellows". Design Futures Council. Archived from the original on 6 November 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ M.E.D. Research-Based Thesis Program Archived 2012-12-31 at the Wayback Machine. Yale School of Architecture. 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Is There a Black Architect in the House?". MIT World. March 16, 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Boston Architectural College Board of Trustees Boston Architectural College. 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013
  5. ^ "Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Recipients". The American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ted Landsmark Becomes Newest Member of the BRA/EDIC Board of Directors". Boston Redevelopment Authority. September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Life After Iconic Photo: Today's Parallels Of American Flag's Role In Racial Protest". NPR. Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  8. ^ "A Flag, a Busing Fight, and a Famous Photograph". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Wren, Celia "Stars and Strife" The Smithsonian Retrieved on February 18, 2018.

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