Bruno Leon (1924-2013)

Bruno Leon (1924-2013) “The school’s basic concept of an architect is that of an individual with interests that encompass the entire range of significant activities related to the human condition.”

Bruno Leon, June, 1964

Dean of the School of Architecture University of Detroit


Founder of the UofD/UDM School of Architecture summer study program in Volterra, Italy

Biography: Bruno Leon

“Architecture is a tool of expression of what we are as a people, what we aspire to and what
we are becoming.”

Bruno Leon, January 1977

Born in Van Houten, New Mexico on February 18, 1924 to John and Rose Leon

Student: Wayne State University 1942; University of Detroit 1945-48; B. Architecture NC State College 1953

Served with US Army Air Force, 1943-45 (pilot)

Married Louise Dal-Bo September 4, 1948 (she died 5/31/1974)

Head design staff Fuller Research Foundation, Raleigh, NC 1954-55

Architectural designer I.M. Pei & Assoc, NYC 1955-56

Instructor Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1956-69

Designer Catalano & Belluschi, architects, Cambridge, MA 1958-59

Assistant Professor U. Illinois at Urbana, 1959-61

1961-64, Chairman, School of Architecture, U of D

Dean, School of Architecture, University of Detroit,


Honorary Professor of Warsaw University of Technology


Private practice, Architecture, 1956 – 2013, Bruno Leon Assoc., Inc.; TAS Enterprises, Inc.

Director, Executive Committee, Lake Superior Research and Development Institute.

Director Nesco Mgmt Group, Nesco Architectural and Engineering Co.

Registered Architect in MI, NC, MA, NY, NM, FL.

Member AIA, FAIA 1979

Bruno Leon died in Santa Fe, NM June 4, 2013

Survived by wife Bonnie, sons Mark and John, daughter Lisa, step-son Brian Camblin and step-daughter Robyn Camblin.


Bruno Volterra

Bruno with students

Bruno Leon in the design studio at the School of Architecture UofD Bruno Leon at the inauguration of the Volterra International Residential College

on May 15 2013

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Bruno Leon

Bruno Leon (Dean of the UofD School of Architecture 1964-1992), Steve Vogel (Dean of the UDM SOA 1993-2011) and Will Wittig (Dean of the UDM SOA 2011-current) at the inauguration of the Volterra International Residential College on May 15 2013
Bruno Leon started the UofD School of Architecture summer program in Italy in 1987. He fell in love with Volterra from day one. He came to Volterra for the last time in May 2013, for the inauguration of the Volterra International Resdiential College. A permanent facility in Volterra for the UofD/UDM SOA international study program has been his dream for over 25 years. “There is always a future where there are dreams.”
Bruno Leon, September 1981
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Bruno Leon with his son John (left) and his former student Paul Britten in the Bruno Leon Gallery at the Volterra International Residential College.