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Awards of Excellence — 2017 Recipient

Christine Leu
Toronto
ON
Award Category: 
Awards of Excellence
Allied Arts Medal

LeuWebb Projects 

Christine Leu, MRAIC, is a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects, a member of the Toronto Society of Architects, as well as Canadian Artists Representation, and an adjunct architecture and interior design professor at Ryerson University.  As co-founder of the multi-disciplinary arts and curation practice LeuWebb Projects, Leu leveraged her passion for art to supplement and enhance the architectural sites and spaces in which they are located

Based in Toronto, ON, LeuWebb Projects embraces the process of creative exploration to produce moments of beauty in the public realm.  The collaborative practice operates at a variety of scales and across a range of media and disciplines. They design artwork that stimulates curiosity, suggests play, and inspires its participants.

The approach of their work is grounded in their mutual education and practice as architects.  The genesis of their creative process always begins with considerations of site in the broadest sense possible.  Employing the strategies of an architect, Leu conducts geographical, social, economic, environmental, physical, historical and architectural research to gain a deeper understanding of the possibilities held latent within the site.

As architecture seeks to make connections to the larger world, the artwork of Christine Leu seeks to engage people with both the tangible and the ephemeral aspects of everyday life. By creating projects that encourage interaction and touch, and imaginative interpretations, Leu aspires for her audience to reconsider and rediscover the spaces around them.  

Jury Comment(s): 

“This is an extraordinary body of work that bridges art and architecture.”

“She demonstrates an excellent example of a successful and creative career, working as an architect/artist, in collaboration, and teaching.

“Each one of Christine Leu’s permanent works and temporary installations manifests a thoughtful and thought-provoking approach to its architectural or environmental context.”

“It demonstrates skill in response to site interpretation.”

 “There is a high-quality craft element.”

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Illuminated landscape piece

Photo: Nick Kozak

Plaster casts of buildings at Ontario Place

Photo: Nick Kozak

Suspended veil in a Danish forest

Photo: LeuWebb Projects

A parachute as analogy of clean energy

Photo: LeuWebb Projects

Reflections expanding a threshold

Photo: LeuWebb Projects

Reflections expanding a threshold

Photo: LeuWebb Projects

Public seating on Canada’s main street

Photo: LeuWebb Projects

Rotating moire light box

Photo: Doublespace Photography

Layered rhombus shapes

Photo: Doublespace Photography

armadillos