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Role Model

Lee Ledbetter

Lee Ledbetter & Associates

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Hailing from Monroe, Lee Ledbetter earned his B.S. in Architecture at the University of Virginia and his Masters of Architecture at Princeton University, where he was awarded the school’s American Institute of Architects’ medal in addition to three merit scholarships. Lee founded Lee Ledbetter & Associates in 1996 in New Orleans, and the firm’s projects have received numerous local, state and regional AIA design awards and have been extensively featured in local and national publications. Lee’s work is perhaps best known for its integration of architecture and interior design, both of which disciplines his firm actively undertakes. Prior to founding Lee Ledbetter & Associates, Lee worked in the offices of Robert A.M. Stern and Gwathmey Siegel in New York, Michael Graves in Princeton and Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago. He has served as a visiting instructor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and at Tulane University’s School of Architecture.  Lee just released his first book, entitled The Art of Place: Architecture and Interiors.

Lee has been honored as one of Home and Garden’s fifty “New Tastemakers.” Metropolitan Home described him as “one of twenty outstanding talents in the design community.” He has appeared on both US and Canadian television productions of HGTV, and his work has been exhibited in New York at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, the Architectural League, and the Paine Webber Galleries; in Washington at the American Institute of Architects; in Toronto at the Ballenford Architectural Gallery; and in New Orleans at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the American Institute of Architects. Lee is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He serves on the New Orleans Historic District Landmark Commission’s Architecture Review Committee for the Central Business District, the Director’s Advisory Board of the Cooley House Foundation, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. 

Lee Ledbetter