Russell Leslie



Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


M.Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.A.T., Education, Rhode Island College
B.A., psychology, Brown University


Professor Leslie is Associate Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), the world's largest multi-disciplinary center for lighting research, education and technlogy transfer. He is co-author of the proposal which established LRC and is responsible for program development and operation of the LRC's $6 million dollar annual research and education operation.

Professor is currently a practicing architect licensed in Vermont and New York. He has served as Project Architect for over one hundred architectural projects and planning studies.He teaches and conducts research in architecture, lighting, daylighting, and energy, and he is the author of 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.

Research Interests

  • Daylighting, design, controls, and analysis
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Residential and outdoor lighting
  • Lighting in developing countries
  • Building systems integration
  • Light art


  • Fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
  • 1997, Feltman Chair - Cooper Union
  • Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • School Medal, American Institute of Architects
  • 1998, 1994, International Awards of Achievement, Society for Technical Communication, 1994 and 1998
  • 1994, New York State Governor's Award for Energy Excellence


Russell Leslie

Lighting Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
21 Union Street
Troy, New York 12180

Office: (518) 687-7100