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James Morrison Leefe, American architect. Recipient Hirsh Memorial prize Columbia University, 1950, 1st prize (with Miriam Leefe) Dow Chemical Company Competition for Interior Design, 1960.


Leefe, James Morrison was born on August 28, 1921 in New York City. Son of Charles Clement and Suzanne (Bernhardt) Leefe.


Certified, United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1943; Bachelor of Architecture, Columbia University, 1950.


Practice architecture, San Francisco, 1955-1960; chief architect power and industrial division, Bechtel Inc., San Francisco, 1960-1964; principal urban designer, Bechtel Inc., 1974-1980; chief architect, San Francisco Power division Bechtel Power Corporation, 1980-1989; vice president, assistant secretary, Bechtel Associates (Professional Corporation), New York, 1978-1989; vice president, Bechtel Associates (Professional Corporation), District of Columbia and Virginia, 1978-1989; private consultant architect, Sausalito, California, since 1989; partner, Leefe & Ehrankrantz Architects, San Francisco, 1964-1968; vice president, Building Systems Development Inc., San Francisco and Washington, 1965-1970; also director. Director architecture, Giffels Associates Inc., Detroit, 1971-1974. Lecturer in architecture Columbia University, 1951-1952, University of California, Berkeley, 1954-1960.

Member of faculty U. for Pres's., Young Pres's. Organisation, 1967; Adjunct Professor U. Detroit, 1971-1972. Member of advisory board National Clearing House for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture, 1974-1976.


  • Other Work

    • Works include Museum West of America Craftsmen's Council, San Francisco, 1964 (Architectural Record award for interior design 1971), Wells Hydrocombine Dam and Power Generating Facility, Columbia River, Washington, 1965, Boundary Dam, Pend Orielle River, Washington, 1965 (American Public Power Association honor award 1975), Detroit Automobile Inter-Insurance Exchange Corporation Headquarters, Dearborn, Michigan, 1972 (Detroit chapter American Institute of Architects honor award 1975), Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Industries Research Center, Allison Park, Pennsylvania, 1973 (Detroit chapter American Institute of Architects honor award 1975, American Institute Steel Construction Architectural award of excellence 1975, Michigan Society Architects honor award 1976), General Electric Research Center, Twinsburg, Ohio, 1973 (Detroit chapter American Institute of Architects honor award 1977), Appliance Buyers Credit Corporation Headquarters Office, Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1974 (Engineering Society Detroit Design award 1976), Standard Training Building Commonwealth Edison, 1989-1990, Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco, 1990. Contributor articles to professional journals. Originator various techniques for analysis of human factors in the working environment.


Chairman board Museum West of America Crafts Council, San Francisco, 1966-1968. Vice chairman Franklin (Michigan) History District Commission, 1973-1974. Trustee Southern Marin Land Trust.

With United States Merchant Marine, 1942-1946. Fellow American Institute of Architects. Honorary member International Union Architects Working Group Habitat, trustee, Southern Marin Land Trust.


Married Miriam Danziger, October 31, 1949. 1 daughter, Molly Elizabeth.

Charles Clement Leefe

Suzanne (Bernhardt) Leefe

Miriam Danziger