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 an attorney and architect. He served as the President of Boston Architectural College (BAC) from 1997 to 2014, 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]

Involvement in Busing Movement[edit]

In the 1970s, Landsmark was working in Boston as a civil rights attorney and advocate, and was involved in the city's conflict over busing as part of desegregation of the public schools.

Landsmark was a subject of the photograph that won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, entitled The Soiling of Old Glory, taken by Stanley Forman. 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.[6]


  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. ^ "A Flag, a Busing Fight, and a Famous Photograph". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 

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