W. JUDE LEBLANC
W. Jude LeBlanc is an architect and an educator. His creative work, research, and teaching span the scales of urban design/planning, infrastructure, architecture, interior design, and furniture design. This work is motivated by three primary agendas, related often in tension: 1. to embody a type of modernity; 2. to preserve quality; and 3. to engage in art-related discourse.
The term modernity is used to designate a self-conscious approach to life, technology, and design, that is socially progressive and concerned with energy exchange in relation to social justice--it biases invention and experimentation.
The preservation of quality concerns stewardship of cultural and natural resources and environments—today both impulses are often characterized in relation to sustainability.
Finally, the superimposition of an art related agenda extends the design process beyond problem solving. LeBlanc’s work is related to issues of quality and economy and shows the continued relevance of both pre-modern and modern modes of sustainable architecture when translated through contemporary needs and means.
LeBlanc began teaching at Georgia Tech in 1998, where he is currently an associate professor. He previously was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and was an associate professor at Harvard University for six years. He is currently a registered architect.
LeBlanc teaches architectural design studios, furniture design and image making/drawing. LeBlanc’s design and research projects at the scale of urban design/planning, infrastructure, architecture, interior design, and furniture design have been published and have been recognized with awards.
LeBlanc received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1980 from the University of Houston, and in 1982, he received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.