Russ Leslie

Professor and Associate LRC Director

Russ Leslie

Office: LRC Third Floor
Phone: 518-687-7100


Russ Leslie, M.Arch., is a practicing architect, Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Associate Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC). Co-author of the proposal which established the LRC, Leslie is responsible for program development and operation of the LRC’s $6.0 million dollar annual research and education operation. He is program head for the LRC’s graduate programs in lighting. Leslie conducts research in architecture, lighting, daylighting, light art, and energy efficiency. He teaches lighting design, inventions, energy, and lighting for developing countries. He is project architect for over one hundred buildings, has authored numerous research reports, books, and articles on lighting, daylight, architecture, and energy, including the award-winning Lighting Pattern Book for Home and The Outdoor Lighting Pattern Book. Leslie developed and directed the National Lighting Product Information Program and has been the Feltman Chair in Lighting at Cooper Union. He has served as Director of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and as Chair of the Society for Building Science Educators. He is a Rensselaer Distinguished Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. He has won two Society for Technical Communications international awards, the Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence, and the AIA School Medal.


2012 Fall

  • ARCH6961 – Doctoral Seminar
  • ARCH6980 – Master’s Project
  • ARCH6990 – Master’s Thesis
  • ARCH9990 – Architectural Dissertation

2012 Spring

  • ARCH6760 – Lighting Workshop
  • ARCH6980 – Master’s Project
  • ARCH6990 – Master’s Thesis
  • ARCH9990 – Architectural Dissertation


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School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street - Greene Bldg.
Troy, NY 12180 - USA

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