W. Jude LeBlanc
Phone: (404) 894-1883Office location: 247 4th Street Room 357
W. Jude LeBlanc is an architect and educator. He received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1980 from the University of Houston, and in 1982, he received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He minored in studio art as an undergraduate and studied drawing and painting at both universities.
In addition to maintaining a professional office, he currently teaches as an associate professor of architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches across the disciplines of various design fields, ranging in scale from furniture to architecture, to urban design, with issues of representation, health and sustainability providing continuity. He teaches architectural design studios, theory seminars, a furniture design seminar/workshop and image making drawing studios. His teaching and research interests also include the relation of architecture to painting and film. He began teaching at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture, in Charlottesville. He then moved back to Cambridge, where he taught at Harvard University for six years.
The design work of LeBlanc includes three scales; planning, infrastructure and urban design; architecture, interiors and installations; and furniture. Many of his building designs have won awards. His design and research has been exhibited and published widely including: Lotus International; Metropolis magazine; the Harvard Design Magazine; Progressive Architecture; Japan Architecture; and Modulus, the journal of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Planning, Infrastructure and Urban Design Incremental Urbanism is a research project, undertaken with Michael Gamble, which sought to retrofit auto oriented infrastructure to accommodate pedestrian systems. This project received an Environmental Design Research Association/Places 2004 Award for Research, and also in 2004, an Architecture for Social Justice Award. LeBlanc, in association with Ellen Dunham-Jones, received a Virginia AIA Design Award for a project for a seven lane bridge in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1993. In 1994, in collaboration with Ellen Dunham-Jones, Duke and Patricia Reiter, was awarded an honorable mention in a design competition related to the Olympic Games in Atlanta. LeBlanc also collaborated with Christopher Coe on a first prize entry to the 1984 Cross Bayou Waterfront Development Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Architecture, Interiors and Installations The Ellis House, in collaboration with Brian D. Andrews, is currently under construction, and received an ACSA National Design Award in 2005. His design research includes a six year collaboration, also with Professor Brian D. Andrews. Titled I 10-The Gulf Coast States,this work explores the question of how architecture might better respond to local circumstance and contribute to the articulation of particular places. (The projects that resulted from this research have received awards including - three National Design Awards and an honorable mention from ACSA, a Third Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition sponsored by "Japan Architect", two Awards and an honorable mention from the BSA Unbuilt Architecture Awards, a Progressive Architecture Award Citation and most recently an honorable mention in the Housing the Next10 million Competition, sponsored by the California AIA.) . LeBlanc, in association with Ellen Dunham-Jones, received honorable mention in the 1989 National Design Competition for the Memorial to Woman in Military Service for America, Washington D.C.
Furniture In 2004 he received a GTF grant from Georgia Tech for "Less---Low Energy Furniture Design". It involved the design and production of prototypes of energy efficient furniture. He won first place in the Giant Outdoor Chess Set Design Competition, sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA & The GAMES Project, in 1992; "Clothes Hanger", a closet made of wire and fabric, designed with Starling Keene, was a winning entry in Design Explorations, 2001, a competition sponsored by Metropolis and Parsons School of Design, in 1991. It would also win an award form the Virginia AIA in 1992.