Lee Ledbetter is a practicing architect who founded Lee Ledbetter & Associates in New Orleans in 1996. The firm’s projects have received numerous local, state and regional AIA design awards and have been extensively featured in local and national publications. Ledbetter’s work is perhaps best known for its integration of architecture and interior design, both of which disciplines his firm actively undertakes.
Mr. Ledbetter received his M. Arch from Princeton University where he was awarded the AIA school medal along with three merit scholarships. He received his B.S. Arch from the University of Virginia and spent one year at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York. He has served as a visiting instructor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and at Tulane University School of Architecture.
House and Garden selected Mr. Ledbetter as one of fifty “New Tastemakers” in recognition of his firm’s architectural and interior designs. Similarly, Metropolitan Home described him as “one of twenty outstanding talents in the design community”. He has appeared on both U.S. 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.
Prior to establishing his practice, Mr. Ledbetter 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 is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). As of August 2013, Mr. Ledbetter is a newly inducted member of the City of New Orleans' Historic District Landmark Commission's Architecture Review Committee for the Central Business District, and the Director’s Advisory Board of the Cooley House Foundation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.