Robert S. Leathers
906 Hayes Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
President, Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA 2007-Present
Organized and designed community volunteer-built Space 4
Art including 5 work/live units, 35 studios, 2 galleries, and
office space. In 2011, added a large outdoor theater and
classroom. In 2015-2017, was director of outreach program,
building modular units for 7 affordable artist work/live units and
Stage One of amphitheater and gallery for future S4A
Robert Leathers, Artist, Architect, San Diego, CA 2000-2007
Designed and supervised construction of Visions art gallery,
developed 60 acres of land in Jamul, CA. Taught drawing and
design, and was juried into Quilt National Twice and Visions 3
times (2 top fiber-art exhibits in the world).
Architect, Leathers & Assoc., Inc. Ithaca, NY 1976-2004
Owner and president of an architectural firm specializing in
volunteer-built community projects. Beginning in 1970 and
evolving over 34 years, 2,400 projects were completed in all
50 states and 10 foreign countries. Leathers and Assoc.
developed a system of community organization that was
successfully applied to a wide range of projects including
playgrounds, parks, science centers, science parks, teen
centers, and zoos. All projects involved numerous local artists
and schools in design and construction process.
Producer and Set Designer, Experimental Theater 1965-1975
From 1965-1970 in Eugene, OR, and then from 1970-1975 in
Ithaca, NY, produced original theater productions, which
traveled from Seattle to San Francisco and then from Ohioto
Massachusetts. Productions involved extensive
collaborationsof film, sculpture, dance, theater, and music.
Project Architect 1965-1975
Worked with four architectural firms in Eugene then Ithaca. Designed and administered construction on buildings ranging in size from single-family houses to a $20 million new Southwest quadrant at the University of Oregon.
Media and Awards
Newspapers — Major coverage in New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsday, and hundreds of local newspapers.
Magazines — Feature articles in Smithsonian, Time, Reader’s Digest, People, Woman's day, Family Circle.
TV — Coverage has included NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS Special, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street.
Metropolitan Home Design 100 — Selected as one of the top 100 designers in the world by Metropolitan Home magazine.
American Institute of Architects — First honor award for recognition of architectural excellence by Westchester/Mid Hudson Chapter.
American Institute of Architects — First honor award for recognition of architectural excellence by Massachusetts AIA Council.
American Landscape Architects Assoc. — Design award by Hawaiian Island Assoc.
Local Awards — Hundreds of local community design awards.
Alegre Art Retreat — First place design award at Alegre Fiber Art Show in Santa Fe, NM.
Tompkins County Fiber Art Show — First & second place in Juried Show in Ithaca, NY
Visions Show — Cream Awards for Best New Artist
Visions Show — Caught My Eye Award
Bachelor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design 1965