Ted Landsmark

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Theodore Landsmark
Born (1946-05-17) May 17, 1946 (age 69)
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 the former President of the Boston Architectural College (BAC) 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 also serves as a trustee to numerous arts-related foundations including Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 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]

Ted Landsmark was the subject of the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for an image entitled The Soiling of Old Glory, taken by Stanley Forman. He was walking in the plaza to get to Boston City Hall when anti-busing protesters attacked him. In that photograph, anti-busing organizer Jim Kelly pushes Landsmark away while teen Joseph Rakes appears to be about to strike Landsmark with an American flag.[6] Video footage of the event shows that Rakes missed hitting Landsmark with the flag.[7] The incident lasted 15–20 seconds and when the police broke up the assault, Landsmark was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a broken nose.[7] Video recorded at the site however showed that the flag had not actually connected with Landsmark and his nose was broken by a blow by another assailant.[8]


  1. ^ "Design Futures Council Senior Fellows". Design Futures Council. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ M.E.D. Research-Based Thesis Program 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. ^ The Photograph That Shocked America, and the Victim Who Stepped Outside the Frame Louis P. Masur. The Digital Journalist. 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Masur, Louis (2008). The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked America. New York: Bloomsbury Press. ISBN 978-1-59691-600-5. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, James. "Reframed". www.boston.com. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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