Laura Heim AIA, LEED AP, has over 25 years of experience in architecture
and historic preservation as both practitioner and teacher. Her firm
is dedicated to creating architecture which is sensitive to the circumstance
of site while skillfully resolving complex program issues.
In the area of historic preservation and adaptive reuse,
she was the Project Manager / Architect for the renovation and restoration
of the New York State Capitol Assembly Spaces, including the extensively
stenciled Gothic Revival Assembly Parlor, which received an AIA NY State
Award of Merit in Design in 2003.
Ms. Heim's educational experience includes the
renovation and addition to the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church to provide
new classrooms and meeting spaces. She was also the Lead Designer and
Project Architect for the renovation and the sensitive expansion of
the Ruth Schilling Hennessy Alumnae Cottage at Rutgers University, adding
a new wing of offices and meeting rooms around an exterior terrace.
Other educational work includes Stafford Hall at the University of Vermont
and the library at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue.
A native of Northern Virginia, Ms. Heim received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia where she received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership and the Shannon Prize for highest academic standing. She received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 1984 where she was awarded the American Institute of Architects Medal for Design/Academic Excellence and a William Kinne Traveling Fellowship for postgraduate studies in Scandinavia. Her research topic was The Transformation of the Nordic House at the Turn of the Century: A Study of Artists Studios.
Ms. Heim has taught architectural design and history at the University of Virginia, University of Florida, Catholic University, SUNY Stony Brook, Pratt Institute and NYIT. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Historic Districts Council. She served as the Chair of Architecture on the Steering Committee of the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance.
She just completed serving her term as president of the Queens chapter of the American Institute of Architects (2009-10) as well as director on the Board of Directors of AIA New York State (2010).
She enjoys painting landscape watercolors.
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